“He Has More Tools”- Michael Chandler Picks Vitor Belfort to Secure a Win Against ‘Over the Hill’ Evander Holyfield

Published 09/12/2021, 1:15 AM EDT


The Triller fight card on September 11th featured a bout between two former champions in Vitor Belfort and Evander Holyfield. The event was originally supposed to be headlined by Oscar De La Hoya and Vitor Belfort. However, a positive COVID-19 test ruled ‘The Golden Boy’ out of the bout. Hence, ‘The Real Deal’ stepped in on short notice to accept the fight against Belfort.

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Michael Chandler, who was in attendance for the Triller fight card, shared his predictions for the main event. They turned out to be true. 

Ahead of the fight, he had said, “Man, Evander Holyfield was so fun to watch for such a long time. I think he is just a little bit too over the hill at this point. But you can’t ever take the fight out of a guy like Evander Holyfield.”

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‘Iron’ continued, “So, it’s going to be a fun fight, it’s going to be an entertaining fight. Being a guy who has been in the same room as Vitor Belfort for numerous years, I think Vitor has more tools. He is younger, he is more hungry. I think it is going to be a good fight.”

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Michael Chandler takes on Justin Gaethje in a fight that is sure to produce fireworks 

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Iron’ Michael Chandler is just two fights into his UFC career. His first fight was a stunning knockout win over Dan Hooker. In his second fight, he came up short against Charles Oliveira for the UFC’s lightweight title. His third fight in the UFC might arguably be his toughest assignment to date, given who he is up against. 

An electric lightweight matchup between Chandler and Justin Gaethje is scheduled for UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden. Leading up to the fight, ‘Iron’ has promised to deliver a jaw-dropping performance. He has also stated that he will come forward with reckless abandon.

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Given how the two men fight, there is little to no chance that the fight goes the distance. Based on the rankings, the winner of the fight will put themselves in a good position to fight for the UFC lightweight title. 

What do you make of the fight between Chandler and Gaethje? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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