Jon Jones Daniel Ricciardo Alexander Volkanovski and Other UFC Superstars Laud Michael Chandler’s Stunning Debut at UFC 257

January 24, 2021 10:55 am

The co-main event at UFC 257 saw the UFC debut of Michael Chandler. ‘Iron’ was a champion at Bellator MMA, and the face of the promotion for the better part of the decade. After his stint with Bellator and achieving all that was there to achieve, Chandler sought new challenges with a new promotion. 

The UFC is considered the premier promotion for MMA and the ultimate proving ground for fighters. ‘Iron’ was thrown right into the deep end of the 155-pound division, which is one of if not the most talent stacked division in the UFC. 

In Hooker, he faced someone who was not only battle-tested and amongst the top in the division, but an opponent who had a considerable height and reach advantage over him. 

However, it was ‘Iron’ Chandler who rose up to the occasion and stopped ‘The Hangman’ in the very first round of the fight. He could not have asked for a better UFC debut.

Twitter reacts as Michael Chandler secures a stunning debut win

Tv show host Jim Rome tweeted in anticipation of Michael Chandler’s UFC debut.

Theo Von took to Twitter to hype up the co-main event at UFC 257.

Gilbert Burns, who will be fighting for the title next month at UFC 258 against Kamaru Usman, took to Twitter to back his teammate.

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski took to Twitter to share his excitement for ‘Iron’s’ debut.

Stephen Thompson took to Twitter to react to a stunning stoppage.

The Gorilla‘ had one word for the performance. WOW!

Formula 1’s McLaren driver, Daniel Ricciardo, took to Twitter to welcome Michael Chandler to the UFC.

Jon Jones stamped seal of approval on newcomer Michael Chandler.

Brendan Schaub took to Twitter to appreciate Chandler.


Following his stunning knockout win, Michael Chandler went on to call out the big names in the UFC. There were a lot of doubts as to how Chandler would fare in the UFC against the best of the best. The UFC newcomer silenced all these pre-fight doubts with a loud statement at the octagon in the Etihad Arena.

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Kevin Binoy

Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. Drawn into the UFC by Ronda Rousey, Kevin has been following the sport for five years now. Kevin also watches F1 and closely follows the likes of Charles Leclerc, George Russell, and Max Verstappen in F1

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