UFC lightweight Michael Chandler discussed how he is making ready for his purpose as the backup fighter for this primary event of Saturday’s UFC 254.
Chandler lately signed with the UFC as a totally free agent subsequent a spectacular operate in Bellator where by he was a 3-time light-weight champion in the promotion. UFC president Dana White admitted that a 5-minute phone call with Chandler when he became a no cost agent was more than enough to persuade him he belonged in the UFC. Not only that but also probably even get a title shot if anything occurs to the headliners of this weekend’s UFC 254.
UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov has seen several of his fights slide by means of in the earlier, and the UFC doesn’t want to just take a possibility of losing the most important occasion with interim champ Justin Gaethje. So the promotion signed Chandler and is shelling out him to be the backup fighter. The UFC has employed backup fighters in the previous, but this has to be the initial time they have supplied the job to a fighter who is creating his Octagon debut.
Talking to TMZ Sporting activities, Chandler spoke about his job as a backup and how he is getting ready for what could potentially be a very chaotic couple of days.
“It’s a precarious situation, you know, since people today question me, and my response is I never want poor luck to befall Khabib or Gaethje simply because I respect them a ton. I never want terrible luck to befall the UFC simply because they place a ton of dollars to promote and methods guiding this title combat going on. But for this huge battle, the ultimate title combat on Combat Island for the foreseeable potential, they needed a person as an coverage policy, as a back-up strategy, in scenario somebody fell off the card. So I have mentioned I have to be completely ready,” Chandler stated.
“At this place, I nevertheless do not know if I’m weighing in and then ready for Khabib and Gaethje to make fat and I’m very good, or if the next early morning I gotta continue to practice and warm-up as while I’m going to exhibit up to the arena and battle on Saturday evening. I really don’t know if I’m heading to the arena, heat-up, and get my arms wrapped till Khabib and Gaethje basically stage into that cage and that cage door locks and Bruce Buffer’s asserting them. I really do not know. So at this level, I’m just centered on combat 7 days. The UFC will permit me know rather darn soon. At the conclusion of my day, it is none of my business enterprise. I signed the dotted just one stating I would be the alternate. I am the alternate until I am essential no far more.”
Chandler signed with the UFC fresh off of back-to-back gorgeous knockout wins in excess of Benson Henderson and Sidney Outlaw in Bellator. Even though for Chandler it would be best if he did get to fight this weekend, he really should be able to get a different fighter booked in short order if he doesn’t, probably towards very long-time top rated contender Tony Ferguson.
What do you believe about Michael Chandler remaining the backup for the UFC 254 main party?