Michael Chandler is currently No.4 in the lightweight rankings. Following a loss to Charles Oliveira in the UFC 262 Main Event, Chandler will be looking to get back on track.
‘Iron’ Chandler made a bright start to his title fight against Charles Oliveira on Saturday. Although Chandler was 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.
However, Dana White believes that there are tons of interesting fights for Michael still to come. “There’s a few opportunities. He could fight Gaethje, we’ll see, “White tells TMZ Sports. “We don’t have anything done yet, but it makes sense. That would be a fun fight”. Just like the fans, Dana White is also thrilled at the prospect of a showdown between Chandler and Justin Gaethje.
Previously, Chandler made an explosive entrance into the UFC following his move from Bellator. In his first fight itself, Chandler KO’d Dan Hooker in the opening round. Chandler’s power, explosiveness, and in general approach were enough to convince Dana White to give him the title shot.
Although Chandler lost the fight, his performance in the first round left many impressed. Arguably, Chandler was seconds away from winning the bout at the end of the first round. Moreover, he also ‘won’ the first round 10-8 according to two of the judges’ cards.
Will Michael Chandler Fight Justin Gaethje Next?
Currently, Michael is focused on recovering and doing his fatherly duties. However, he still considers himself a top contender and will be keen to prove that over the course of the year. Interestingly, Chandler claims that he would be champion in the next twelve months, in his post-fight interview.
For that to happen Chandler must pick a fight against a top opponent, one that will immediately elevate him to the position of No.1 Contender. Hence, former No.1 contender, Justin Gaethje can be that opponent for him. Moreover, Gaethje is yet to fight following his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year. As a result, timing will not be an issue.
On the other hand, Oliveira will likely target the winner of the Poirier vs McGregor trilogy as his next opponent. So whilst Oliveira makes his first title defense, Chandler should compete with Justin Gaethje for the next shot at the title.
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