‘We as Competitors Don’t Give Conor McGregor as Much Credit’- Michael Chandler

Published 01/06/2021, 5:26 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC lightweight Michael Chandler spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto ahead of his co-main event feature set for January 23, 2021. Chandler will take on Dan Hooker in what will mark his highly anticipated debut in the company. The fighter came in as one of the biggest free-agent signings from Bellator MMA and injected himself into the upper-echelon at 155-pounds.

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Furthermore, the fight card that Chandler will debut on is headlined by Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 2- the grudge match. There are sure to be plenty of eyeballs on the aforementioned event, giving Chandler a good opportunity to showcase himself. Chiefly, Chandler already has his sights set on facing McGregor should both men win out their respective matches.

Michael Chandler dives into Conor McGregor’s mindset

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While talking about possibly fighting McGregor, Michael Chandler couldn’t help but give it up to the Irishman. ‘Iron’ Chandler paid his dues to the fact that McGregor’s confidence and mindset were truly factors that made him great.

“I will say, my view of Conor McGregor has changed over the year. Always said he’s better than we thought he was, but he’s not as good as he thinks that he is. I think that that’s still the case.”

“But that’s only because he’s one of the most mentally strong, most devastatingly confident men in the entire world. Definitely across this sport. We as fans or we as his fellow competitors, we don’t give him as much credit as is due.”

“I think he’s motivated, I think we’re gonna see the best version of Conor McGregor… Of course, I want that possible fight.”

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It’s hard to argue with the former multiple time Bellator MMA champion considering McGregor’s incredible track record. ‘Notorious’ has made a career out of shutting down opponents, and it’s easy to see why his game is so impressive. In fact, his first outing against Dustin Poirier ended terribly for the ‘Diamond’ because he succumbed to Conor’s mind games.

What’s more, fans are excited to see whether the second fight over half a decade later will look similar to the first one. There’s no doubt that Poirier has evolved significantly; McGregor has as well. It will come down to who can implement their game more effectively.

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Do fighters give McGregor the credit he deserves? Will giving the fighter credit help them in the future? What did you make of Michael Chandler’s comments??

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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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