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Today Michael Chandler is in the UFC lightweight title. In fact, he even contested the title. His UFC debut didn’t take place until 2021, which means he never got a chance to meet the man who vacated the title he fought for: Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Three years ago, Chandler dreamed of fighting Khabib and believed that even some fans from Dagestan thought that he could defeat the Eagle. Here is an article in its original unaltered form, courtesy of MMA News, a leading source on MMA News since 2002.
On this day three years ago …
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 17, 2018, 2:48 PM]
Michael Chandler says even fans in Dagestan believe he can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov has made a splash since the end of UFC 229. After introducing Conor McGregor and participating in a post-fight brawl, Eagle expressed dissatisfaction with the UFC. Rapper and businessman 50 Cent tried to make money by offering Nurmagomedov $ 2 million to move from the UFC to Bellator.
Michael Chandler makes a bold statement
Chandler turned several goals when he expressed confidence in his ability to defeat Nurmagomedov. Chandler was criticized by many for making this announcement, as he had already made the decision to re-sign with Bellator. During a recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio, Chandler explained why he made this statement:
“On my social networks – across all channels – there were a lot of people, as well as direct messages, people from Russia and Dagestan, who praised me very much and thought that I was the only guy who was beating Khabib. I didn’t say, “Hey Khabib, let’s fight in Madison Square Garden in November.” I made a statement and a statement and let everyone else figure it out whether they like it or not. “
On December 14, Chandler will face Bellator Lightweight Champion Brett Primus in a rematch. In his first meeting, Primus won 155 pounds of gold due to a leg injury that Chandler sustained. Primus has since been knocked out with a knee injury and Chandler has won two straight fights.
If Michael Chander and Khabib Nurmagomedov ever fought, who would take it?