Michael Chandler remains optimistic about the possibility of facing Conor McGregor in the UFC octagon. The two fighters have been linked in a potential clash, fueled by Chandler’s consistent calls for the fight and their roles as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 31. However, McGregor’s future plans have been uncertain due to factors such as his social media activity and unresolved drug testing status with the USADA.
Chandler expressed his thoughts on McGregor’s situation, particularly in relation to the USADA testing pool. He emphasized that being part of the testing pool for a specific period is considered a prerequisite for competing in the UFC. Chandler questioned the significance of McGregor needing to be in the pool for a certain duration before returning to the octagon, pointing out that he is prepared to face McGregor regardless of his testing pool status.
While Chandler is eager to fight McGregor, he emphasized that he won’t wait indefinitely for the matchup to materialize. He noted that he has set a personal deadline for the fight, although he didn’t disclose the specifics
Chandler’s focus remains on fighting McGregor, as he believes it’s a highly anticipated matchup that fans are looking forward to. He expressed confidence that McGregor’s participation in the USADA testing pool will eventually align with an official fight announcement.
Chandler’s experience on The Ultimate Fighter 31 as a coach allowed him to secure victories for his team, which bolstered his rivalry with McGregor. Despite their interactions on the reality show, Chandler is eager to face McGregor in a real fight and considers it the culmination of their rivalry.
Chandler acknowledged McGregor’s ability to create narratives through his social media presence. He speculated on McGregor’s thought process, suggesting that McGregor may have initially hesitated to fight him but eventually agreed due to their publicized involvement on the reality show.
Chandler praised McGregor for returning and agreeing to face him, acknowledging that he’s a challenging opponent for anyone. He acknowledged that there might be easier fights for McGregor, but he remains committed to the fight and eager to see how the situation unfolds.