Michael Chandler commits to fighting McGregor instead of UFC title

Published on 9 July 2024 at 16:00

At UFC 303, Michael Chandler and Conor McGregor were prepared to face each other in a Welterweight bout, but the fight would be cancelled a few weeks before the event after the Notorious suffered a broken toe.

A new date has not been confirmed for this anticipating battle just yet as depending on McGregor's status, it is possible that fight fans will have to wait until the end of 2024.

In the beginning of July, Chandler was offered a shot at the UFC Lightweight title against Islam Makhachev in October which would most likely occur at UFC 308 in Abu Dhabi.

Iron last fought for the UFC Lightweight Championship back in May 2021 as he would face Charles Oliveira in the Main Event of UFC 262, making his second fight appearance in the UFC. Chandler would not be successful as he would lose by TKO, early on in the second round.

The Missouri-born fighter has maintained a high position in the Lightweight rankings, especially after fighting the likes of Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier after his title loss.

The UFC must believe that Chandler deserves an opportunity for the title after waiting for a long time to fight McGregor as both men were expected to throw hands in 2023, the same year when they were both coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Season 31.

On X, Chandler confirmed that he would stick to fighting McGregor if his toe would heal up by September and fight at the Sphere, in Las Vegas, which hosts UFC 306. 

It has clearly shown that Chandler is committed to fighting the Irishman as he looks to make one of the biggest fights in Combat Sports history. The question is whether the American mixed martial artist has made the right choice to fight the biggest name in MMA, instead of fighting for a UFC title.

The #6 Lightweight contender has only had five fights in the UFC and has arguably become a big name already in the organisation, which is why it makes it an exciting matchup to put him in the Octagon against McGregor.

Most of the highest PPV Buys at UFC events have happened due to McGregor being the headliner and facing another well-known fighter in the sport. The biggest selling PPV in UFC history was UFC 229 where Khabib Nurmagomedov and McGregor would fight for the UFC Lightweight title, earning a total of 2.4 million PPV Buys.

Chandler could possibly get more if he continues to promote and hype up the event as he welcomes McGregor back to the UFC for the first time since July 2021.


When will we see Chandler vs McGregor? Do you think it will be the biggest PPV in UFC history?


Written by Charlie Oxtoby


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