Michael Chandler bought a own Zoom get in touch with from professional wrestling legend Ric Flair immediately after building his Octagon debut at UFC 257.
Chandler couldn’t have looked improved in his to start with UFC bout, knocking out Dan Hooker in the first-spherical to usurp the No. 4 spot in the promotion’s lightweight rankings.
Whilst his victory more than Hooker offered a lot of fodder for fight lovers, his write-up-combat job interview with Jon Anik also bought people speaking, as it borrowed substantially from Flair’s 1992 Royal Rumble promo.
Unsurprisingly, Aptitude caught wind of this tribute from Chandler, and ended up offering the combined martial artist a get in touch with with a information of many thanks and congratulations.
“Just acquired a personalized zoom simply call from Ric Flair to congratulate me on my gain at UFC 257,” Chandler wrote on Instagram (h/t MMA Mania). “Living an true desire. Thank y’all for staying on this journey with me. Stay the training course. Sooner or later all your tough perform will spend off, you just still have to be standing there with arms extensive open up when it does. WOOOOOOOOOO!”
Flair also shouted Chandler out on social media:
Inspired To Share Fantastic Moments In Life! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/DQCYbc9NHB
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 28, 2021
Speaking at the conclusion of UFC 257, Chandler described why he channeled Ric Flair in his submit-fight interview, regardless of not currently being a major pro wrestling fan.
“I considered about it a pair of moments,” Chandler mentioned (by means of MMA Junkie). “The origination of that was truly (Daniel Cormier) and Ariel (Helwani) conversing about why I was in the (EA Sporting activities UFC) online video video game.
“Ariel explained I shouldn’t have been in the movie match (because) I hadn’t fought in the UFC still, but DC was like, ‘Well, yeah. But he’s Ric Flair. He arrived more than from WCW and he bought the title shot ideal absent,” Chandler added. “Everybody was mad, but he’s Ric Flair.’
“So it’s kinda humorous. I’m actually not the biggest WWE/pro wrestling man, but it was ‘the ideal working day of my skilled vocation.’ I didn’t do the complete ‘tear in my eye’ factor, even though, I believed that was a tiny much too over the leading. And the callouts came after that.”
What do you assume of the mutual admiration in between Michael Chandler and Ric Aptitude?
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