‘Remember When Rory Almost Broke His Neck’- Michael Chandler Says He Will Dominate Nate Diaz in a 5 Round Fight

Published 08/15/2021, 6:04 AM EDT
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)


UFC lightweight Michael Chandler took to social media and gave his prediction for a match between Nate Diaz and himself. The speculation came about after an MMA page on Twitter theorized that Diaz would defeat Chandler 10 out of 10 times if they fought. Michael Chandler took exception to such metrics and clapped back at the Twitter user.

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‘Iron’ Chandler referenced Nate Diaz’s dominant loss at the hands of Rory MacDonald that came back in April 2011. ‘The Red King’ won a unanimous decision at UFC 129 and Chandler promised to put a similar beat down on Diaz. However, if Nate Diaz’s opinion counts for anything, such a scenario would be wishful thinking on Chandler’s part.

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Michael Chandler and Nate Diaz: Will their paths collide?

Chandler is fresh off a loss to Charles Oliveira for the formerly vacant lightweight title. Michael Chandler has made his mark in the promotion despite having just two fights in the organization. However, his illustrious track record during his Bellator MMA tenure speaks for itself in spades.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Chandler has expressed a desire to chase greatness and that would possibly entail a move-up to the welterweight division. This would be the ideal proving ground for a bout between Chandler and Diaz. Nate Diaz has been on record saying he’s not keen to cut down to 155-pounds at this stage of his career.

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Speaking of Stockton’s second son, He is in desperate need of a high-profile win in his upcoming match-ups. He’s on a two-fight losing skid and was most recently defeated by Leon Edwards in a dominant 24-minute display. While Diaz does just enough to win over the fans at the last moment, he’ll have to put it all together.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 19: Nate Diaz poses on the scale during the UFC 202 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The fight in itself is stylistically intriguing as both men bring certain skills to the table that are unique to them. Nate Diaz’s crisp boxing and relentless pressure mixed with Michael Chandler’s explosiveness and wrestling acumen make for a good scrap. However, given where both men are currently in their career, it’s hard to see the bout being booked.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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