‘I Admit My Faults’- Michael Chandler Opens Up on Charles Oliveira Loss

Published 05/31/2021, 12:40 PM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (R-L) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Michael Chandler in their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


The true strength of a UFC fighter is gauged by his ability to deal with a loss, and none are bigger than losing a title fight in the UFC.

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Michael Chandler went through that loss at UFC 262 after coming as close as he could to winning the belt. However, his answer to dealing with the setback was unique.

He talked to MMA Fighting about his loss and explained how he wanted to keep it all out in the open. Chandler had lost 3 fights in a row and didn’t want to fall into the same rut. Therefore, this was his answer to figuring a way out.

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Truthfully, I want to be transparent. This is therapy for me,” Chandler said. “I have to admit that I lost. I have to admit that I have a problem, or I have to admit that I have an addiction.

His thought process behind this was that he wanted to own the situation. Letting a loss take over his life is not something that he wanted to fall back into.

Additionally, he had suffered enough in the past to know better at this point. Chandler also talked about the 12-step program and how accountability was the first step.

It’s a way for me to move on, but I can’t move onto those things until I admit my faults, admit my past and admit my failure on May 15, just a couple of weeks ago, to be able to move forward,” he admitted.

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Michael Chandler believes that he was really close to finishing Charles Oliveira

I got caught, and I lost. Charles Oliveira was the No. 3 guy in the world. Now he’s the No. 1 guy in the world. I have one loss in the UFC, and I had a 10-8 round against him,” he said.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker during the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

He concluded by saying that he was within a minute and an inch of finishing the fight. Chandler is learning from the situation and admitted that he was overzealous.

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Moreover, this mental dissection of that loss shows his great mentality and resolve and proves that he has the mindset of a champion. The fans would love to see him hold the belt in the future.

Do you think Michael Chandler deserves a rematch for the belt?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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