Will Conor McGregor really fight Michael Chandler? Will it be him in 2023? Only McGregor seems to know…and frankly, even he might not know right now.
McGregor (22-6) is expected to face Chandler (23-8) sometime after the conclusion of season 31 of the reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” on ESPN, which the two filmed together in Las Vegas. at the beginning of this year. The seventh episode of the season airs this week, and so far, the athletes of Team Chandler are a perfect 6-0 over Team McGregor.
At this time, however, the 34-year-old has not rejoined USADA’s drug testing pool, which he is supposed to be in for at least six months before returning to competition. McGregor is also currently facing allegations of sexual assault. There are no rumors on the date of the fight, nor clarity on what weight he would be. UFC president Dana White insisted last week that the fight could still happen this year, but the comments felt far more theoretical than tangible.
Meanwhile, 37-year-old Chandler is left biding his time, waiting for the MMA equivalent of a winning lottery ticket. He has told ESPN multiple times that he remains confident McGregor will fight him eventually, because not doing so would leave a “stain” on his legacy, but in many ways, the fight doesn’t feel any closer today than it did months ago when the UFC began. . he announced it.
How long must Chandler wait for an opponent who has only fought four times in the UFC in the last seven years?
ESPN anonymously polled several MMA managers for what their advice would be for Chandler, who is now in danger of going an entire calendar year without a fight for the first time in his 14-year career.
“You can’t wait for something that may never happen.”
You will have to move on. You can’t sit and wait for something that may never happen. McGregor still has a big ego and his confidence hasn’t waned, but that doesn’t matter when they close the cage door on you and I think deep down he knows that. Chandler is the best stylistic fight for McGregor because Chandler will get a little reckless and McGregor has that precision punching. There’s no doubt it’s a good fight for him, and he still doesn’t want it. That’s why they call him ‘F — you money’, because he can just say, ‘F — you, I’m not doing this more’, and everything in his actions says that. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see McGregor again after this. This show was his last hurray, or if he ever talks about a fight again, he’ll be the boy who cried wolf and we’ll all be like, ‘Yeah, he’s fine. And that’s fine. McGregor has left an incredible legacy, he doesn’t need to fight anymore.
McGregor vs. Chandler will it ever happen? I do not think. Believe people when they show you who they are. Don’t try to convince yourself of another narrative. We expected McGregor to enter the USADA pool in time to fight in December, and that date came and went. So what are we doing now? Wait for a guy with hundreds of millions of dollars to come back and fight Michael Chandler, a guy with nothing to lose? Has no sense.
“If you pass the UFC 300 deadline, book another fight.”
If he’s my client, I tell him to sit and wait. Chandler hasn’t beaten anyone notable in the UFC. He’s been able to get these big fights based on his name. It’s like the saying, ‘Don’t kick a gift horse in the mouth.’ The UFC is giving you these great fights without you actually having to earn them through the grind of winning fights, so sit back and wait for the gift you’ve been given. I would say UFC 300 in March or April though, once you pass that milestone of being on that card or not, if that fight doesn’t happen at UFC 300 I think then it’s clear that McGregor is not coming back. So if I’m Chandler, I’m targeting UFC 300, which means McGregor would have to be in the USADA bracket around October. If you pass that deadline, book another fight.
McGregor vs. Chandler will it ever happen? Although I would still tell Chandler to hold on, at this point, I think there is a 10 percent chance that the fight will happen.
“I don’t know what other options exist.”
Poirier-Chandler round 1 was a roller coaster
Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler trade blows in an incredible first round of their fight.
At this point, I would still advise you to wait. That is the best opportunity on the table, and no other opportunity will come remotely close to it. Maybe set a deadline to move on, based on Chandler’s obligations in life or the needs of his family, but I don’t even know what other options exist for him. McGregor’s actions don’t match what he says right now, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to fight in six months because he hasn’t met the USADA requirement. But that’s the first question I’d like answered. How is the situation with USADA? Is six months safe or is there a situation where he could fight sooner? Chandler has done a phenomenal job creating these great fights, but if you look at the top 5, he’s already fought Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira. A fight with McGregor, I think, will pay him four or five times more than any other fight. So he would keep waiting.
McGregor vs. Chandler will it ever happen? Yeah.
“I just don’t think Conor is motivated to fight Chandler anymore.”
I would tell him to fight. I just don’t think Conor is motivated to fight Chandler anymore. And things change as fast as fights happen. Obviously, we don’t have a crystal ball or anything, but what if Alexander Volkanovski beats Islam Makhachev and calls Conor McGregor? Will McGregor end up taking that fight Chandler is waiting for? Chandler’s profile has already been raised since the show and there will always be a fight against McGregor, as long as Conor returns. With some of my guys, no matter how successful they are, his commitment to the gym never changes. I don’t know if that’s the case with McGregor. I don’t know what’s going to happen for the rest of the show, but Chandler’s team is 6-0 right now. I would try to tempt McGregor with that or contact his management directly to assess if the fight will go ahead.
McGregor vs. Chandler will it ever happen? No.
“Conor McGregor will certainly fight again.”
I would talk to the UFC and say, ‘Hey, is this realistic?’ Then he would assess if he could take another fight and still have the McGregor fight after that. Go to the UFC and say, ‘Hey, this guy won’t fight until next year, it’s only July, can I take another fight in the meantime and still have that fight waiting for me?’ The UFC would never put something like that in writing, but they would support me in that relationship and I just have to take their word for it. But I would like to fight this year because it seems like there are significant hurdles that need to be cleared for McGregor to fight again, and I don’t know if those hurdles are being cleared at this point.
McGregor vs. Chandler will it ever happen? If it’s a one word answer, yes. To elaborate, I would say that Conor McGregor will certainly fight again, I just don’t know when it will happen and if it will be against Chandler when he does. But he will fight again, no doubt.
“Wait while there is money in your account to live.”
Wait as long as you can and milk this because an opportunity like this will not present itself again. Chandler will probably never be a lightweight champion, he’s nearing the end of his career. He has children, he has a family. He waits as long as there is money in his account to live. Fighting McGregor is worth millions and it’s not even just about the money. It is the magnitude of the fight. And it’s a winnable fight for Chandler. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain, why would he walk away from it? McGregor will fight again. His ego will force it. He loves attention too.
McGregor vs. Chandler will it ever happen? I think this fight will happen, and I still think it will happen at the end of this year.