Even though he recently suffered a defeat at UFC 281, Michael Chandler still sees himself as one of the UFC’s hottest commodities and the ideal opponent to welcome back Irish superstar Conor McGregor to the Octagon.
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Following McGregor’s submission loss to Dustin Poirier last night at Madison Square Garden, Iron Mike called out the former two-division champion, telling reporters at the UFC 281 post-fight press conference that he is “the biggest fight that he [McGregor] could take.”
Chandler on Conor McGregor
After losing his Fight of the Night to Poirier (h/t TalkSport) in New York, Chandler told the media, “I think at this point he’ll come back and look at the suitors.” “I don’t believe I’m the simplest fight he could handle, but I am the biggest fight he could handle,” the man said.
I think Conor McGregor stepping back in the octagon does big numbers no matter what. But Conor McGregor stepping inside the octagon with me does staggering numbers.”
He further said: “I respect him, I would love to see him come back and maybe I’ll be the guy that he comes back and fights. Get on [the drug testing], man. We all know that fighting is his first love.
While not at lightweight, McGregor is anticipated to make a comeback in 2023 after losing to Poirier via TKO in July due to a broken leg.
Since “The Notorious” is believed to have put on at least 25 pounds while away from the UFC, any potential matchup with Chandler would have to be held at a catchweight.
Prior to Chandler’s 2021 Fight of the Year against Justin Gaethje at UFC 268, the two had discussed a meeting.