Michael Chandler Gives an Update on His Next Fight Following Loss to Charles Oliveira

Published 05/21/2021, 11:20 AM CDT
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)


Michael Chandler is one of the biggest names in the UFC’s lightweight division right now. Following his loss to Charles Oliveira, he found himself in a tough spot.

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The former Bellator champion now needs to work his way back up to the title in one of the toughest divisions in the UFC. No easy feat.

Chandler signed with the UFC back in September. He served as the backup fighter for the Khabib-Gaethje fight in October. In an interview with Brett Okamoto for ESPN, Chandler declared that it has been nonstop training ever since he signed with the UFC.

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The lightweight officially signed with the UFC back in September. Immediately after, in the following month of October, he served as the backup fighter for the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje for the UFC lightweight strap at UFC 254.

He fought Dan Hooker at the co-main event of UFC 257 in January and now Oliveira in May. Because of this overwhelming schedule, Chandler confirmed he would want to take a short break from competition to focus more on his personal life.

“I want to give myself a little time off. I want to enjoy the summer. I will still train every single day. Not going to be sparring and taking damage since I took damage in the fight,” Chandler elaborated.

He assessed the current situation at the top of the lightweight division. “We have Conor and Poirier happening. Beneil Dariush says he wants to take a little bit of time off cause he is having a child. Congrats to him on the new child.

“Tony Ferguson is going to need some time off. Justin Gaethje is in a tough position. He hasn’t fought since last October and there is not anybody for him to fight inside the Top-5 because everybody just got booked or is booked.”

Michael Chandler likely to return to action by December

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For himself, Chandler looks at a turnaround during the wintertime. “But for me, I am not coming back before winter time at some point. It will be someone inside the Top-5. Somebody who’s gonna get me right back to the title,” Chandler said.

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)

Chandler believes he deserves another shot at Oliveira since their first encounter was really close. He feels that one winning performance would take him right back to the title. What do you think is next for Chandler in his UFC career? Let us know.

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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