Michael Chandler has some new questions to answer after Islam Makhachev ousted him after a win over Thiago Moises. Chandler was part of the media team during the incident, and the Russian fighter took the opportunity to knock out the man fighting for the title in his last bout.
Michael Chandler spoke about the call to Islam in a video uploaded by TheMacLife to his YouTube channel, among other things. He said:
“I get a lot of questions about Islam. No question, boy is good, but he still hasn’t beaten anyone in the top 10. Drew Dober was not ranked. Thiago Moises was ranked fourteenth tha. He hasn’t beaten anyone in the Top 10. I don’t think he should start with me at No. 4. No. 10, No. 8, No. 7, No. 6.”
His argument would now have lost a lot of weight as Islam rose to number five in the newly updated UFC rankings. Chandler was not aware of this, however, and it will be interesting to see if this update changes his mind.
“He named essentially everyone. He named RDA, he named Tony Ferguson, he named Beniel Darish, he named me, he’s four or five people in the top 10, besides him Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier and Connor. So, essentially they named everyone who was available,” he continued.
Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson did not respond To Makhachev’s callouts, but Dan Hooker wanted all the smoke as he asked to fight Dagestani. However, Islam turned him down, citing his poor record as the reason for doing so.
Michael Chandler calls Islam Makhachev good, but wants to fight with Justin Gaethje
Chandler said he didn’t want to fight the guy who was number nine at the time and said Gaethje should be next.
“He’s good, no doubt the guy’s good, but at the moment, I’m number four so I don’t see myself taking a fight against number nine. So, we’ll see. Gaethje should be next, ” he concluded.
Justin Gaethje is yet to fight again after losing his lightweight title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov last year. But a match against Michael Chandler is something fans would love to see.
Watch Chandler’s full interview below:
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