Former Bellator light-weight winner Michael Chandler has responded to phone calls for a opportunity small-notice battle with Rafael dos Anjos.
Chandler signed with the UFC before this yr, but has nevertheless to make his debut with the marketing. Some supporters are hoping he’ll make his debut on brief notice by stepping in to swap Islam Makhachev versus Rafael dos Anjos in the major celebration of UFC Vegas 14 this weekend.
Even so, the previous Bellator champion is not interested in this matchup.
Responding to admirers on Instagram, Chandler shut down the possibility of a brief-notice combat with dos Anjos, describing that he has other programs for his UFC debut.
See what Chandler had to say under:
“Not frightened,” he wrote in answer to one fan who accused him of ducking the matchup (h/t MMA Junkie). “We have other options.
“I was sleeping,” he added in a different remark, outlining why he hadn’t yet responded to the phone calls for a battle with dos Anjos. “Now I’m addressing: we have other designs.”
Though it’s even now not distinct who Michael Chandler will fight in his UFC debut, he’s designed his needs beautifully crystal clear. The previous Bellator champ hopes to combat Tony Ferguson or Justin Gaethje—both former UFC interim lightweight champs—in his debut with the marketing.
“Tony Ferguson or Justin Gaethje would be No. 1 and No. 2 of the men I want to combat,” Chandler mentioned on the UFC Unfiltered podcast not too long ago. “I believe it’s a good introductory combat to the UFC supporters of who Michael Chandler is. They’re equally wonderful fights, they’re each men who fight. As you men have seen who viewed my fights, guys who operate away, that’s the greatest way to test to defeat me is to try to run absent from my pressure. Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson are likely to meet me in the middle of the Octagon and we’re likely to have a blast. So possibly of all those fellas seems like a terrific battle.”
Who do you want to see Michael Chandler battle in his UFC debut?