Less than 48 hours removed from his epic showdown with Justin Gaethje at UFC 268, “Iron” Michael Chandler is already looking for his next fight. In his sights is none other than the “Notorious” one, Conor McGregor. Chandler posted an altered picture of himself standing face-to-face with McGregor on Twitter with the caption, “2022.” After expressing his interest in being the man to welcome McGregor back to the Octagon, McGregor responded by tweeting, “I’m down at some stage for sure. Great fight the other night Mike, congrats!” Needless to say, the Twitter verse has been incomplete meltdown mode since.
Getting Back on the Winning Track
Both McGregor and Chandler will be looking to get back on the winning track in a potential bout. In his last five, McGregor is 1-4, his lone victory via knockout against a past his prime Donald Cerrone. In his previous bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, he suffered a severe ankle injury near the end of the first round. No timetable has been confirmed for his return.
“Iron” Michael Chandler burst into the UFC with a first-round TKO against Dan Hooker at UFC 257, the same card where McGregor suffered the injury he is still recovering from. Since then, Chandler has lost his last two but looked impressive in both outings. He dominated much of the first round in his fight with Charles Oliveira before being finished in the early stages of the second round at UFC 262. His fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 was 15 minutes of pure insanity that had MMA fans worldwide calling it the fight of the year.
Both fighters will be looking to return to their winning ways in 2022. You have to imagine that Dana White is salivating at the opportunity to match up McGregor and Chandler. Both fighters can sell a fight despite their recent slumps, and they are explosive inside the cage. It’s not often you have the opportunity to make a marquee matchup with two fighters on losing streaks. Let’s hope the UFC doesn’t let it slip away.
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