Michael Chandler flew all the way to Abu Dhabi just to make body weight and go household.
Which is in accordance to reigning UFC light-weight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov, who doesn’t imagine the previous Bellator MMA 155-pound titleholder needs to be serving as backup for the UFC 254 pay-for each-see (PPV) key party.
“Thank you Michael Chandler, go dwelling and struggle with some other fighters,” Nurmagomedov informed Aaron Bronsteter. “He’s not superior-degree championship fighter in UFC. Two fights in the past he shed in other business, featherweight, he knock him out. He have to display the world he can fight for the title. Battle with anyone from Top 5 in UFC and then we gonna chat about him.”
UFC attempted that but didn’t look to have considerably luck.
Nurmagomedov (28-) defends his lightweight strap from interim division titleholder Justin Gaethje (22-2) this weekend on “Fight Island.” A victory more than “The Highlight” is very likely to receive “The Eagle” anything particular, in accordance to promotion president Dana White.
Here’s the latest lightweight Top 5:
1. Justin Gaethje
2. Dustin Poirier
3. Tony Ferguson
4. Dan Hooker
5. Conor McGregor
Gaethje is battling Nurmagomedov and Poirier is seeking to land a January rematch with McGregor. with Ferguson disinterested in struggling with the “Iron” male, the only available prospect is Dan Hooker.
“The Hangman” is at present unbooked.