Michael Chandler remains to be prepared to just accept a bout in opposition to Tony Ferguson at UFC 254, and needs to straightaway get within the title image.
With lower than two weeks left for the graduation of mega occasion of the month, Michael Chandler, who is about to remain as a reserve fighter for the Khabib Vs. Gaethje struggle at UFC 254, nonetheless desires to seize a spot in the primary card, and needs Tony Ferguson as his opponent. A former Bellator Light-weight champion, Chandler is the current marquee signing of UFC, and with the form of stature he holds within the circuit, the 34-year-old is anticipated to face the highest ranked people from the outset. Whereas in traces with this, he was on board to salvage the co-main occasion of 254 after the competition between Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson fell by way of, however claims each Poirier and Ferguson declined to struggle in opposition to him.
Michael Chandler is Nonetheless Keen To Settle for a Bout In opposition to Tony Ferguson
Although there nonetheless exists a slight chance for him to not simply change into a component however to headline the occasion, nonetheless, he’s nonetheless hell bent on making an impactful debut on the largest card of the 12 months, and states the preparations are nonetheless entering into full stream, regardless of a meagre likelihood of that includes on the occasion.
In a current interview with , he talked about quite a lot of topics viz. him signing the UFC contract, his ambitions with the promotion, the upcoming occasion, and so on. and likewise conveyed he’s nonetheless open to struggle Tony Ferguson.
“I’m already going Oct. twenty fourth, I’m already making weight, so sure, I might positively struggle him. He’s form of the one man that I’m interested by combating proper now. It’s already been talked about, so that you don’t add any names to that hat at any time when a man within the prime 5 is already talked about.
Michael Chandler Stated Sure To Each Situation
“After I was getting the deal completed with the UFC, they basically stated, ‘We all know that you simply simply fought in August, however would you be prepared to struggle in October?’ and I stated ‘completely. They requested if I’d be prepared to struggle Dustin Poirier or Tony Ferguson in October and stated these guys are scheduled to struggle however they’re having cash points and so they’re form of having completely different points and whatnot and I stated ‘completely.’ They (UFC) stated, ‘We form of know the reply to this, but when a type of guys aren’t prepared to struggle, will you be the backup for the Oct. 24 card? I stated ‘completely.’
“So my reply to all six of their questions was sure, sure, sure. While you come into a company, it’s a must to present your value. I feel that was a strategy to not throw my weight round. I wasn’t going to say, No, I’m not going to be the backup, I’m not going to be your insurance coverage coverage.”
Chandler mirrored upon being placed on maintain, and laid out his ideas on why he accepted to change into a substitute, when he’s globally acclaimed as a principal occasion fighter.
“You have got a whole lot of followers and other people form of coming at me saying, ‘This man is entitled and this, this and that.’ When actually, I swallowed my satisfaction just a little bit and stated I’d be prepared to be the alternate for the Gaethje-Khabib card for the slight likelihood that I would get to struggle for the world title fairly than saying a top-five man or bust. As an alternative, I stated I’d be prepared to be the insurance coverage coverage for that struggle.”
Onus was on Tony Ferguson
The “Iron” man continued and revealed that each Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson rejected the supply to share ring house alongside him. And likewise said that whereas Dustin might quickly get an opponent within the type of Conor McGregor for a later occasion, the onus was on Tony Ferguson to just accept the struggle in opposition to me, and we might have featured within the pre-concluder of probably the most illustrious MMA struggle night time of the 12 months.
“Tony Ferguson was on the desk, he stated no; Dustin Poirier was on the desk, he stated no. Since, Dustin Poirier has stated sure to Conor (McGregor) and I feel Conor has stated sure to Dustin. In order that leaves Tony Ferguson. That’s why I stated in his approach with all caps on Twitter. I stated you already turned down a struggle in opposition to me on the most important card of the 12 months. This card was going to have a whole lot of eyeballs and we might’ve been the co-main occasion and acquired this event going as he likes to speak. I might’ve stepped on his mat and see how issues shake out. I feel I’m going on the market and beat Tony Ferguson and I instantly put myself on the title image.”
Click on For Extra UFC Information