Michael Chandler claims he is ‘the perfect guy’ to fight Conor McGregor in Irishman’s comeback this summer if he can beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 274
- Michael Chandler has been angling for fight with Conor McGregor for some time
- American is coming off two defeats and is scheduled to take on Tony Ferguson
- If he comes through in May, the timeline could work well for McGregor
- There are some doubts over which weight class McGregor will come back at
Michael Chandler claims he is ‘the perfect guy’ to welcome Conor McGregor back to the octagon on the Irishman’s comeback from a broken leg.
Chandler, who has lost his last two fights, is scheduled to take on Tony Ferguson in May at UFC 274.
And if he manages to see off the challenge from ‘El Cucuy’, he believes the timelines will match up perfectly to lock horns with McGregor in July or August.
Michael Chandler is due to face Tony Ferguson next but wants Conor McGregor afterwards
The Irishman has been recovering from his broken leg suffered in July last year
The 35-year-old told MMA Fighting: ‘I want that Conor fight just for the magnitude of the moment. Stepping inside that octagon and doing something really monumental and fighting him in front of all the mixed martial arts eyeballs.
‘I mean eyeballs across the whole entire world. You don’t get a bigger platform than fighting Conor McGregor.
‘That’s what I would love to happen, if I don’t get the title shot, of course. But July [or] August would be great for me.
‘I will go out there beat Tony in May, just have a little bit of time to recover, and then go right back in there for a July [or] August fight. The timing works out perfect.’
Ferguson has lost his last three fights and is in need of a win to get his career back on track
Charles Oliveira dispatched Chandler in the second round of their title fight last year
He continued: ‘If he comes back and he doesn’t get that title shot, he’s going to have to go through somebody to get that title shot.
‘I think I’m kind of that perfect guy right there, ranked about No. 5. If he comes in and gets a win over me, he definitely gets the title shot. We’ll see.’
McGregor has only won once since 2016 but is still chasing title opportunities and has talked up a move to welterweight.
Kamaru Usman reigns supreme as the champion at 170-pounds and McGregor has bulked up, adding considerably to his frame over the last few months.
It will be fascinating to see whether he still wants to mix it with Chandler and Co at lightweight or jumps up in an attempt to become the UFC’s first three-weight champion.
Chandler posted a photoshopped picture of him and Conor McGregor facing off
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