“It Was Awesome”- Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Coach Lauds Michael Chandler for Emphatic UFC Debut

Published 01/27/2021, 7:04 AM EST
SAITAMA, JAPAN – DECEMBER 29: Michael Chandler and Sidney Outlaw compete in the bout during the Bellator Japan – Fedor v Rampage at Saitama Super Arena on December 29, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)


Former Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler, made his much-anticipated UFC debut in the co-main event of UFC 257. ‘Iron’ finished his Kiwi counterpart Dan Hooker in emphatic fashion midway through the first round. It was a signature knockout on Chandler’s part.

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He then proceeded to call out Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Khabib Nurmagomedov in style. Nurmagomedov’s coach Javier Mendez recently shared his thoughts on Chandler’s UFC debut and subsequent call outs.

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In a conversation with Submission Radio, he said, “He starches Hooker and I bet against that. I thought Hooker was gonna win. I didn’t know but I did favor Hooker. So Michael Chandler, come on, starching them and then his after speech. I think it was incredible. I think it was awesome. I think the way he did it I I respect Michael chandler, I hope he does really well because you know, I liked what he did at the end how he did the speech. It was cool,” said Mendez.

Chandler did make a solid impression in his first-ever Octagon appearance. Many counted him out as a hype job and favored ‘The Hangman’. But, despite being known for his wrestling prowess, ‘Iron’ showed how dangerous he is with his hands as he caught Hooker with a looping overhand left and finished via ground and pound.

Who’s next for Michael Chandler?

Chandler has made his aspirations clear. His goal is to become a UFC champion. But, it’s highly unlikely he will get a shot at the title after just one win in the promotion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is seemingly retired, but there are perennial contenders like Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, and more waiting in the wings. Nevertheless, the UFC no.4 ranked lightweight, Chandler, deserves a top contender in his next outing.

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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier could be up for a trilogy fight as they look to set the score once and for all. A fight against Gaethje or Oliveira makes the most sense for Chandler in current circumstances.

After a blistering start to his UFC stint, ‘Iron‘ will be looking to get to the gold as quickly as possible. Another win over a top contender will almost guarantee him a chance to challenge for the highest prize in MMA.

Can Chandler become a UFC champion? What did you make of his performance against Dan Hooker at UFC 257?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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