DEERFIELD Beach front, Fla. – Michael Chandler sees the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 as the possible No. 1 contender to the light-weight championship he programs to get upcoming thirty day period at UFC 262.
Chandler (22-5 MMA, 1- UFC) is scheduled to combat Charles Oliveira (30-8 MMA, 18-8 UFC) for the vacant 155-pound title in the major party on May 15 at Toyota Middle in Houston. Less than two month later on, Poirier and McGregor will clash in a trilogy bout in the UFC 264 headliner on July 10.
If Chandler manages to get his hand elevated, he reported he won’t be steadfast about his initial title protection. On the other hand, presented the lay of the land, it’s hard to deny Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) or McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) would be the guy.
“When I acquire the title on May perhaps 15, I’m not likely to be the man calling shots,” Chandler advised MMA Junkie. “I’m likely to be the winner and I maintain the belt, but I’m not likely to be the guy contacting shots. You just appear at the rankings and you appear at the physique of function of Dustin Poirier, he’s the clear No. 1 man right now. He chose to just take the funds battle and go up on the possibility to combat for the title, so if he does conquer Conor, he’s the clear No. 1 preference. But if Conor beats the No. 1 person, as well as how big of a identify he is, plus the star electrical power of himself, moreover when Conor’s on and Conor’s chasing the title, there is not a spectacle extra thrilling in sports activities.
“So, he goes out there and runs by means of Dustin, or even beats Dustin in a dominant style, I feel that can make him the No. 1 contender. I’ll be keeping the belt, and I’ll be there (cageside) in Vegas, energized to see who I’m likely to fight probably later on this yr or the initial of up coming 12 months.”
Chandler mentioned he’s not confident who will acquire the rubber match. On the other hand, it appears there is more stress with “The Diamond.” Poirier mentioned in the immediate aftermath of beating McGregor in their rematch final January that he was not interested in a bout with Chandler, and because there have been creating pot shots among the two sides.
Poirier has accused Chandler of getting a UFC “yes man” and explained he’s combating for “fool’s gold” at UFC 262. Chandler has responded in form, and on Monday posted a video clip mocking his fellow contender lifted from the “8 Mile” film (by using Instagram):
Chandler hasn’t taken any shots at McGregor, nevertheless, and he reported that is for great explanation.
“Conor has not stated one particular adverse factor about me,” Chandler said. “Conor hasn’t actually said my name at all. Not that that is a good factor or a negative point. Poirier has. Which is fantastic. He can have his impression of me. ‘I haven’t earned it’ or he’d alternatively offer scorching sauce than battle me for the title, or it’s ‘fool’s gold.’ It was much more directed at him because he’s been the dude which is mentioned the most.
“He’s acquired a massive battle forward of him. He’s received the most important battle of his daily life ahead of him. Ending a trilogy with Conor McGregor is the most important point he’s acquired on his plate. But then once more, I must be far more worried about Charles Oliveira, I guess.”
All of this chat is meaningless right until Chandler beats Oliveira at UFC 259, he stated. He’ll be in the driver’s seat if he promises the title, and that situation is Chandler a single has been chasing for many years.
He invested lots of a long time as one of the faces of Bellator, only getting his expertise measured up to the UFC’s very best from the outdoors. Now that he’s listed here, Chandler mentioned it is important to improve the platform. To him, that suggests training hard and putting his best foot forward with whichever time he has on this phase.
“It’s an attention-grabbing light-weight division,” Chandler claimed. “Full of people, total of fighters, total of world-class athletes, and I’m psyched to be a element of it. I’m thrilled to ruffle a tiny little bit of feathers. I said when I arrived into this organization I did not want to just sign up for the bash. I preferred to kick down the door and come in and make myself recognized. Which is what I’m attempting to do, and I have remaining no stone unturned here within the gymnasium, and that is the most significant factor.”