Will Michael Chandler Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov in a Fight?

Published 05/04/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Michael Chandler fights for the UFC belt this month at UFC 262 against Charles Oliveira. The fight against Oliveira will be Chandler’s second outing in the promotion. He defeated Dan Hooker via a 1st-round knockout in his debut at UFC 257, in January.

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Chandler came into the UFC as a multiple-time Bellator Lightweight Champion. The sky was the limit for him in his new organization.

He has always claimed he can hang in there against the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. What’s more, ‘Iron’ firmly believes he is the kryptonite that ‘The Eagle’ never had due to his complete arsenal.

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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)

After his win against ‘The Hangman’ in Abu Dhabi, Chandler called out Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov retired after UFC 254 with a record of 29-0. Chandler asked the former champion to beat him in his pledge to reach the coveted 30-0 record.

Stylistically, Chandler is a decorated wrestler and has sharp hands. He possesses one-punch knockout power and has the explosive abilities and lightning-quick speed to complement that. Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, is considered to be the greatest grappler to ever grace the octagon.

Michael Chandler vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: How would a fight between the duo go?

‘Iron’ might be one of the very few fighters who can stuff Nurmagomedov’s takedowns. Also, he might even be able to land some of his own takedowns on the Dagestani fighter.

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)

But Nurmagomedov is a different breed. His pressure and ability to grind inside the octagon have overwhelmed every single one of his opponents to date. Therefore, it would be hard to say that he won’t be able to do the same to Chandler.

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But as mentioned earlier, with his unique set of skills, Chandler could very well be able to trouble ‘The Eagle’. Anything can happen in a fight. However, if we are to analyze, it would be hard to make a reason against Nurmagomedov triumphing in any contest.

Who would win in a fight between ‘Iron‘ and ‘The Eagle‘? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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