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Is Conor McGregor's inconsistency ruining Michael Chandler's UFC comeback chances?

Michael Chandler recently dropped an important update about his fight plans after the Conor McGregor fight got scrapped just days before the UFC 303 PPV. He claimed to have been offered a 155-pound title shot if he decided to snub the fight against the Irishman. When Islam Makhachev got word of this development, he shared an amusing reaction to it.

Michael Chandler has found himself in quite a predicament. However, in his recent appearance at UFC 303, he caught up with the media only to claim that the fight cancelation hasn’t affected him in the way many people are thinking, which led him to mention a title shot offer on social media. But Islam Makhachev isn’t convinced.

Islam Makhachev believes Michael Chandler could snub the title fight for his “master”

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According to Michael Chandler, the fight against Islam Makhachev has been pitched to take place in October, a month after the Sphere PPV, UFC 305. However, the $2.3 billion structure seems to have garnered Chandler’s attention, and as such, the 6th-ranked lightweight has decided to wait till September if Conor McGregor can help make their fight take place at the Sphere.

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If that doesn’t happen, ‘Iron’ could consider going for the lightweight belt. However, Islam Makhachev isn’t sure if Chandler will keep his word, given that he’s waited for McGregor for almost two years, and has nothing to show for that would warrant a title fight.

Islam Makahchev fears that if he plans to fight Michael Chandler, things can go bust for one reason – if Conor McGregor decides to return, ‘Iron’ could hop on that bandwagon once more. Hence, the lightweight champion demands that real contenders step up to him.

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Islam Makhachev already has a slated opponent in Arman Tsarukyan, who’s looking to avenge his UFC debut loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s protégé and win the lightweight title. However, if UFC 303 has taught us something, it’s that anything can happen in the UFC and it depends on Dana White how he decides to navigate this situation. Meanwhile, the UFC CEO made his stance clear on Chandler’s wait for Conor McGregor during the recent post-fighter presser.

Don’t wait Chandler, recommends Dana White

Time is of the essence for UFC fighters as they can’t be at their prime for too long, with a few notable exceptions. Dana White seems to understand that and he spoke about Michael Chandler’s current situation and strongly suggested that he should try and consider moving on. He will soon hit the two-year mark in November since his last fight and things could look dire from that point on. Also, Chandler’s 38 years old.

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“I never recommend waiting, time is not your friend in this business, but Michael’s been around for a long time, he’s accomplished a lot of things and he’s at a point in his career where that might be what he wants to do… He’s not a dumb guy, he’s a smart guy so whatever he wants to do,” said Dana White.

Does the UFC CEO think Chandler’s trying to be smart about his decisions? We’ll have to wait and see how things pan out from here on. What do you think? Is Chandler telling the truth about his title shot offer? Let us know in the comments.