Michael Chandler signed with Top Combating Championship (UFC) this past September, but the previous Bellator MMA Lightweight champion has but to lock down a fight for his Octagon debut.
But it could be coming before long, as the tough-hitting Lightweight posted a cryptic information on social media stating that he is established to begin his fight camp this coming Monday (Nov. 29, 2020), nevertheless no foe was named.
He did make the trip to “Fight Island” to serve as a backup for the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje struggle, but both equally adult men had been ready to make the walk down to the cage at UFC 254 with no problems. The promotion was wanting to guide Chandler from Tony Ferguson for that identical event, but those designs fizzled out.
Ferguson then attempted to sway Chandler to deal with him at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, 2020, only this time about it was the ex-Bellator star who rejected the present by saying that “El Cucuy” had missing his option. Ferguson will face Charles Oliveira at UFC 256, though Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor are set to run it back again at the upcoming UFC 257 pay out-per-see (PPV) event on Jan. 23, 2021.
That leaves a few choices for Chandler, which includes No. 6 ranked Rafael dos Anjos, who just defeated Paul Felder a few weeks back, as well Dan Hooker (No. 5), who has not competed due to the fact his war against Poirier before this yr.
But the most rational choice is a showdown against Justin Gaethje, the No. 1 rated fighter in the division. Even though “Highlight” is coming off a loss, it was a title struggle from Nurmagomedov, and the setback didn’t do anything at all to his location at the best. The two guys have a terrific wrestling pedigree and equally can stand-and-bang with the ideal of them. And with anyone else becoming booked presently, this appears like the sensible alternative.
But if we really want to toss a wild card in there, could Chandler be Khabib Nurmagomedov’s final combat? Indeed, Khabib has been adamant he is retired from the fight sport, nevertheless Dana White is assured he’ll return for a person far more. But if we acquire a nearer appear, “The Eagle” just sent out a tweet yesterday directed at White that go through, wait for it, “see you shortly,” related to Chandler’s.
Could it be?