Michael Chandler Challenges Conor McGregor to Increase His Weight for the Fight

Published 11/11/2021, 10:31 AM EST


The UFC 268 fight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler saw the defeat of the latter by decision after a three-round war. However, he is not too heartbroken over his loss. 

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It seems that Chandler has a new opponent in mind for his next fight. Immediately after his fight with Gaethje, Chandler set his sights on Conor McGregor. Fans expect the Irish fighter to return in 2022. 

Chandler and McGregor have both agreed to a fight in the near future. Their exchange on Twitter has left fans excited to see both the fighters clash soon. 

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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)

Online and offline banter is a part of the sport and Chandler seems to have already started taking light jabs at ‘The Notorious’ on Twitter.

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Michael Chandler challenges Conor McGregor to fight at 170 lbs

Most MMA fighters have a higher walk-around weight before beginning their training. During fight season, they cut weight in order to be able to fight for their respective weight divisions. Speaking about this, Chandler threw in a riddle on Twitter and challenged Conor McGregor to fight him at 170 lbs.

He wrote, “Riddle me this: Two welterweights were in the main event of #ufc268. But two lightweights started the card. 72 hours removed from #ufc268, one of those lightweights who started the card weighed more than of all them. Over 191lbs just 72 hours later. #seeyouat170mcgregor.”

Chandler’s walk-around weight is much higher than that of the division he competes in. He gained quite a lot of weight just a few days after his UFC 268 fight.

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McGregor has competed in welterweight, featherweight, and lightweight divisions. Chandler seems to want to move up a division to fight McGregor as it is closer to his walk-around weight. However, McGregor has already fought great fights in the welterweight division. So, it might be a tough fight for Chandler to win.

Perhaps Chandler wants to be at his very best for a bout against McGregor. If this fight were to happen at 170 lbs, it could be a very dangerous one. Fans definitely hope to see a violent KO in the fight between Chandler and McGregor, regardless of the decided weight. 

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Do you think Conor McGregor should accept Michael Chandler’s challenge to fight at 170 lbs? Or should he fight someone else instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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