Present Bellator double champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire believes Michael Chandler’s initial-round KO of Dan Hooker at UFC 257 demonstrates additional than just 1 man’s means.
Patricio Freire and Michael Chandler have no enjoy loss for one particular one more, but even Freire had to give it up to Chandler for his remarkable UFC debut at UFC 257. Chandler was equipped to knock out the #6-ranked fighter in the UFC’s lightweight division and assisted to dispel the narrative that Bellator fighters do not evaluate up to the UFC’s regular.
Chandler’s gain also built Freire glimpse like a potent ambassador for Bellator by proxy, viewing as how he retains a current KO victory around Chandler in the Bellator lightweight division that saw him come to be a two-division champion in the advertising. But Freire thinks that Chandler’s victory is even bigger than either of them mainly because it proves a thing about an total marketing:
“Hooker did all the things wrong,” Freire told Sherdog.com. “Chandler is a quite explosive fighter. If you walk backwards like [Hooker] did, you will let him to land his significant hands. Chandler feinted a jab and caught him with a cross — a thing he has carried out his entire occupation.
“…Everybody knows that I really do not like Chandler, and I do not cheer for him. But he is showing, like Eddie Alvarez did, the electrical power of Bellator.”
Pitbull Breaks Down Michael Chandler vs. Dustin Poirier
Eddie Alvarez was able to seize the UFC light-weight championship following acquiring wearing gold in Bellator. Michael Chandler hopes to have the opportunity to do the exact same in his up coming combat, which could most likely be in opposition to existing #1-contender Dustin Poirier. If this combat can take location, Freire strongly favors Chandler.
“Poirier proved in that 2nd fight versus [Conor] McGregor that other than evolving his boxing, he also has a sturdy mind,” Freire explained. “But Chandler’s match is a lousy matchup for him. I actually believe he can defeat Poirier pretty easily, just like he did with Hooker.
“He [Poirier] commits a couple of boxing mistakes that could be dangerous with Chandler. For instance, he copies the [Floyd] Mayweather shoulder defense, which is genuinely dangerous with four-ounce gloves. And he frequently will get hit mainly because of that. If he gets strike by explosive fellas with the knockout energy of Chandler or myself, he will slumber. No question about it.”
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