WOW! WWE Megastar Ric Flair Sends a Massive Shout Out to Michael Chandler After UFC Debut

Published 01/27/2021, 10:05 PM EST
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)


A video grab is making the rounds that sees UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler actualize a long-overdue meeting. Chiefly, ‘Iron’ Chandler can be seen interacting with professional wrestling royalty, Ric Flair. The UFC’s latest star made a big splash on the mic after his recent win where he referenced the ‘Nature Boy’.

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Everything seems to be coming full circle for Michael Chandler as he went on to shout-out Flair to the fans. Moreover, ‘The Nature Boy’ was more than gracious and was visibly happy to interact with the rising UFC star.

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Chandler has become one of the biggest names in the promotion and has made waves after his signing. A part of his appeal comes in through his abilities on the mic when he manages to arrest everyone’s attention. Moreover, the idea to use Ric Flair’s one-liners came out through an episode of ‘DC and Helwani’.

UFC contention: Michael Chandler

The former multiple-time Bellator MMA champion has brought the spotlight upon himself for more reasons than just his skills on the mic. Chandler pulled out all the stops in his UFC 257 debut when he managed to KO Dan Hooker in round one. ‘The Hangman’ came in with a ranking of 6 next to his name, and Chandler wasn’t even ranking in the division.

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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)

However, he managed to showcase that he’s very much the real deal after pressuring Hooker and sending him to the canvas. A single left hook dropped the New Zealand-based fighter and follow up shots to the dome ensured the early TKO win. Additionally, Chandler put on relentless forward force against a much taller man in Hooker.

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His performance will serve as a highly motivating affair, especially when considering he’s now ranked number 4 in the UFC. Chandler has the opportunity to become one of the most decorated fighters in the sport. If he can add a UFC belt to his resume, his stock will shoot through the roof. What’s more, there are plenty of lightweight match-ups that make sense and there’s no shortage of marquee names.

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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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