‘I Don’t Think He’s That Good’- Khama Worthy Trashes Michael Chandler for Securing UFC Lightweight Title Fight

Published 03/24/2021, 8:26 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 11: Khama Worthy poses on the scale at UFC APEX on September 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC lightweight Khama Worthy spoke out via Fightful ahead of UFC 260 and went off on fellow 155-pounder Michael Chandler. ‘The Deathstar’ wasn’t too pleased that Chandler was now primed to become UFC champion if he beats Charles Oliveira. The aforementioned fight was announced in the wake of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s official relinquishment of the undisputed lightweight belt.

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Khama Worthy is 2-1 in the UFC with both his wins coming by way of stoppage. He believes that Michael Chandler doesn’t deserve a call-up straight to the title after just one fight in the organization. Chandler is coming off a statement KO victory over Dan Hooker, who was ranked number five at the time.

Additionally, the win came at the big stage of UFC 257, a Conor McGregor headlined fight card.

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Khama Worthy gets heated over Michael Chandler fighting for gold

Although Khama Worthy is coming off a loss in his last fight, he’s looked at as one of the most exciting lightweight fighters. His ‘kill or be killed’ mentality has afforded him good opportunities, and he wants to actualize a title shot himself. He recognized that the division is stacked and went off on Michael Chandler for coming in a getting a shot off of one win.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“Let’s be realistic. I’m 34. It takes five years to get to a world title at 155 [pounds],” Worthy told Fightful. “Unless you’re Michael Chandler and you just come in and fight once and you get a f*cking world championship [shot]. I like Michael Chandler, don’t get me wrong, but I think I’d knock Michael Chandler’s f*cking head off.”

Worthy trolls Chandler for getting KO’ed by Patricio ‘Pitbull’

Worthy acknowledged that ‘Iron’ Chandler was indeed a competent fighter with well-rounded skills. However, Chandler’s KO loss to Bellator featherweight champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ just didn’t sit well with Worthy.

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: (R-L) Khama Worthy celebrates his TKO victory over Devonte Smith in their lightweight bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 “I’m just gonna put that out there. He is a good fighter, has phenomenal wrestling, sick kickboxing, but I don’t think he’s that good. He did just get knocked out by a 4-foot-4 145-pound guy. I didn’t forget about that. f*cking ‘Pitbull’ [Patricio Freire] is the size of my kid and he knocked him the f*ck out. But, it’s whatever.”

Khama Worthy has definitely drawn-out fighting words towards Michael Chandler, and a future fight is set-up. However, Worthy will have to put together a comprehensive streak and climb up the ranks at lightweight. Chandler’s profile as a multiple-time former champion has definitely helped to elevate his profile, and he’s ready to cash in.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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