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As Michael Chandler Gets a New Fight Offer After USADA Deadline, Conor McGregor Challenged by “Who the F**k Is That Guy” Fame Jeremy Stephens for a Boxing Match

Published 06/23/2023, 9:24 AM EDT

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If there is anything that hits harder than Conor McGregor’s left hook, it’s his trash-talk. One such Conor McGregor phrase, “Who the f**k is that guy?” will forever be etched in the minds of fight fans. The recipient of that unforgettable line was Jeremy Stephens, an MMA veteran who has now entered the world of boxing. On the other hand, Conor McGregor has been away from the octagon since his UFC 264 injury and is still far away from his return. Amidst all intriguing questions surrounding the Irishman, his former opponent made a bold call-out to him recently.

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This took place after McGregor failed to enter USADA’s testing pool before the deadline for his Michael Chandler fight.

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While many are talking about the Irishman’s current up-in-the-air return situation, his rival Jeremy Stephens also did not miss this chance. Stephens recently posted a tweet targeting ‘The Notorious’ and calling him out. In his tweet, he cheekily alluded to McGregor’s foray into boxing, suggesting that the sport might be more forgiving when it comes to certain rules and regulations. Moreover, he even took a playful jab at McGregor’s recent issues with USADA.

“(Conor) told you, come cross over to boxing for a bit, I’m sure they let things slide more than (USADA) be right up your alley give the fans what they want.”


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While ‘Mystic Mac’ has received an offer from Stephens, Michael Chandler too has been called out by a former opponent.

Did Michael Chandler find a new opponent as the fight with Conor McGregor stalls?

The biggest question in the UFC still remains – Will The Notorious make a return to UFC against Michael Chandler? Unfortunately, as the days go by, fans are finding out new reasons to believe that the answer is ‘No’. After McGregor did not step into the USADA testing pool in time, it is possible that his fight against Chandler may not take place. After all, the organization requires fighters to stay in their pool for 6 months before fighting. By missing the deadline, the Irishman also missed the opportunity to fight on the last UFC PPV for 2023.

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While the promotion may make certain exceptions for fighters based on situations, the UFC world believes the McGregor-Chandler fight might not take place. Grasping this opportunity, former UFC lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez challenged Michael Chandler for a trilogy fight recently. In his tweet, Alvarez highlighted the possibility of a trilogy fight between him and ‘Iron Mike’. “Hey (Michael Chandler), you’ll never be without a potential opponent as long as I am still breathing buddy.”


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What do you think happens to Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler now? Will the fight still go on? Or will it be stalled? Drop your unfiltered thoughts in the comments section below.

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Written by:

Sushant Sharma


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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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Rupkamal Sarma