May 25, 2024

Michael Chandler vows to retire Conor McGregor and put a stop to the ‘greatest comeback’ of all time

On June 29th, UFC lightweight Michael Chandler will finally reap the rewards of his patience, as he welcomes Conor McGregor back to the Octagon after a three-year hiatus.

Michael Chandler hasn’t fought since his loss to Dustin Poirier in November 2022, at UFC 281.

He has sat waiting patiently for Conor McGregor to finally be ready to return to action after the two coached against each other on Season 31 of The Ultimate Fighter last year.

‘The Notorious’ then went off to star in the film Road House, which was released earlier this year. Following the release of the film, it was finally announced at UFC 300 that the two would fight on June 29th, at UFC 303.

Michael Chandler vows to retire Conor McGregor

After suffering what could’ve been a career-ending injury – an ankle break – in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier three years ago, it is unclear how the Irishman will look coming into this big fight.

(L-R) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

With Dana White announcing that the fight will take place at welterweight, McGregor will hold quite the size advantage over ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler.

Despite that, Chandler admitted that he believes he has what it takes to ‘retire’ McGregor, and put a stop to what he says ‘could be the greatest comeback of all time’.

“You have to buy this PPV…” Chandler told fans in an interview with New York Post Sports. “because this could be the last time that you ever see Conor McGregor fight.

“I truly believe that what I’m going to do to him on June 29th is going to warrant and merit him never stepping back into the Octagon. With that being said, Conor might be able to pull off the greatest comeback in combat sports history.” Chandler added.

‘The Notorious’ has already scored a comeback win previously in his career, when he knocked out Donald Cerrone in round one of their 2020 fight, following a two-year hiatus after losing his grudge match against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Chandler argues that he’s the ‘most exciting’ fighter to ever step into the Octagon

The 38-year-old went on to claim that he is arguably the ‘most exciting’ fighter to ever step foot in the Octagon, because of the ‘masterpiece’ he has painted over the past few years.

“There’s a chance that we see the greatest comeback in combat sports history. (I’m) arguably the most exciting guy to ever set foot in the UFC Octagon.

“What I have made in my masterpiece that I’ve been painting in the last couple of years with the UFC, it is two of the most explosive and exciting guys, two of the most intriguing guys, and possibly the greatest comeback in combat sports history, or Conor McGregor’s last fight in MMA.” Chandler claimed.

There is a chance that the winner of this fight leapfrogs all other welterweight contenders, and earns themselves a 170lb title fight, because of the sheer magnitude of the fight.

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