Michael Chandler Feels Previous Wars Will Take a Toll on Dustin Poirier Against Conor McGregor

Published 01/21/2021, 5:27 AM EST


 Michael Chandler has a lot to prove this weekend at UFC 257. The former Bellator champion signed with the UFC last year and has not fought since. He joins a long list of former Bellator champions to have joined the UFC. However, they have not fared well in the UFC. ‘Iron’ will be aiming to crush the notion that champions from other organizations don’t fare well in the UFC. 

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However, this is easier said than done as he takes on a tough contender in Dan Hooker. A fighter with considerable height and reach advantage over him. At the end of the fight at UFC 257, Chandler will answer a lot of questions about his skills against the best of the best. However, ‘Iron’ Chandler, like the rest of the world, has an eye on the main event featuring two of his divisional contenders. 

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Michael Chandler side with Conor McGregor for the main event at UFC 257

In a recent pre-fight press conference, Chandler was asked to make his pick for the main event at UFC 257. 

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He said, “Both are interesting scenarios. You can only have so many wars that Dustin has been in… I just think Conor keeps getting better. I mean yeah, he had a year off, but he also finished ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in 40-seconds. So, he’s only spent only 40-seconds in the octagon in the last two years. But, I think Conor conducts himself for the most part like a champion.”

Iron’ continued, “When it comes to buckling down and training, not to mention the fact that you see the pictures, you see the training videos, you see the hype…. I think Conor is motivated, I don’t think a year off does anything bad for him. I think Dustin took the requisite time off after the Dan Hooker fight so we will see” 

The results in the co-main and main event at UFC 257 will play a huge role in the lightweight division and who fights next for the title. If Chandler is able to secure a win, he will immediately put himself in title contention against ‘The Notorious’ or ‘The Diamond’.

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However, if he is not able to secure a win, he will join a list of former champions who have not fared well. Hence, there is a lot on the line for ‘Iron’ at UFC 257. 

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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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