Michael Chandler is focussing on remaining positive following his UFC 262 loss. Chandler fought Charles Oliveira in the main event of UFC 262, for the previously vacated lightweight title.
‘Iron’ Chandler made a bright start to his title fight against Charles Oliveira on Saturday. Although Oliveira had Chandler in a lock, the former Bellator man was able to break free and almost knock out Oliveira. Unfortunately, Michael’s early success was in vain as Oliveira came out all guns blazing in the second round. Eventually, Oliveira won the fight via KO/TKO in the second round.
Speaking to Brett Okamoto from ESPN, Chandler speaks about the lightweight division after UFC 262. “The beautiful thing about the lightweight division is that this belt could change hands every single fight”. “I believe I am a split second away from beating anyone in the top 5, and every single other guy in the top 5 is in the same position. “That is why the lightweight division is the most exciting most electrifying division in the UFC,” he adds.
Previously, Chandler made an explosive entrance into the UFC following his move from Bellator. In his first fight itself, Chandler knocked out Dan Hooker in the opening round. His power, explosiveness, and how he carried himself in the post-fight interview were enough to convince Dana White to give him the title shot.
As such, Chandler believes that a similar quick turnaround could happen for any of the top 5 contenders. Moreover, Chandler describes the division as a game of ‘musical chairs’ wherein anyone can lose or gain a spot at any given time. With UFC 264 shortly upon us, the division will once again be stirring up.
What Will Michael Chandler do Next?
Currently, Michael is recuperating and taking time off to be with his family. Additionally, he wants things to unfold before he makes the decision about his next fight. Thus, he will be carefully assessing each fight to determine which opponent can propel him back to the No.1 Contender spot.
“For me, I’m not coming back before wintertime, at some point. It will be someone inside the top 5, someone who’ll get me right back for the title. Like I said, all of us, its musical chairs at the top of the lightweight division”. Interestingly, ‘Iron’ is also not ruling out an immediate rematch with Charles Oliveira for the title shot.
Whilst it is a very unreal possibility, Chandler still feels that he should put it out there. Next, Chandler should eye the loser of McGregor vs Poirier 3. Both McGregor and Poirier are high-profile names and regardless of their trilogy result, could elevate him to once again fight for the title.
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