Michael Chandler seems to have an insight into the future as he has picked who he feels his first title defense will be against – Dustin Poirier OR Conor McGregor – if he emerges winner of the UFC lightweight title.
At the UFC 262, Chandler will finally get the chance to make a mark in the record books when he fights Charles Oliveira for the right to be named the 155-pound champion. Charles has been on an amazing winning run as of late. In contrast, Chandler has finally catapulted himself to the lightweight division due to a wild knockout over Dan Hooker on his January debut.
Are we expecting a Chandler vs McGregor?
From all indications, the winner of the major event at UFC 262 will have to fight whoever emerges on top in the third fight between Poirier and McGregor. When he was asked in a recent interview with ESPN about who it could be that he'll be up against in that instance, Chandler had this to say: “If I put my money on it, I think it's gonna be McGregor.” He thinks Conor will make some very minor adjustments, and he enjoys the win in the highly anticipated trilogy against Dustin Poirier.
When you consider all things, it is evident that the McGregor vs Chandler fight is a pretty exciting one, but there is a very long way to go before we get to enjoy that fight.
Iron Mike pointed out that he feels McGregor only needs to make some little adjustments so he can beat Poirier. However, with everything we now know about “The Diamond,” it's safe to call that an understatement.
On the other hand, Chandler seems to be just as focused as ever as he heads into the battle against Oliveira. We're talking about two bold men with incredibly unique styles that are going to match up in a really interesting way.
Some people have suggested that the lightweight division is much weaker now after the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. This may be considered a fact, but there is some form of reassurance that you can get by looking at this match lineup. Whoever wins the fight will be a deserving champ and will have massive momentum heading into the match against either McGregor or Poirier.
Dustin Poirer and Conor McGregor looked ready to face each other in a fight inside the magnificent T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas during UFC 254. Meanwhile, before his forthcoming trilogy fight against ‘The Diamond,' McGregor posted a fresh picture of himself looking leaner on Twitter. The new images of him looking leaner and meaner shows how much preparation is ongoing in the lead-up to the fight.
Dustin Poirier had earlier defeated Conor McGregor in a second-round TKO in their last outing at the UFC 257. After he thrashed McGregor's lead leg with vicious calf kicks, Dustin avenged a loss calculated to be seven years old from their first UFC 178 meeting.
A trilogy fight between both men finally seems like a dream come true as it is scheduled for UFC 264, according to Dana White's confirmation at the UFC 260 presser. A little afterward, Poirier also indicated his approval for the fixed July 10 date using Twitter.
While many fans believe that the rubber match should have been fixed for the open UFC lightweight title, it doesn't seem to matter to the main contender here, Dustin Poirier.
According to available information, Poirier is believed to have chosen the trilogy match against McGregor over a chance to fight for the lightweight title.
While we wait for the fight, we hope that Michael Chandler doesn't get the shock of his life, but at the same time, May the best fighter win. While you anticipate, it isn't a bad idea to try 2, competitive and entertaining at the same time.