- Michael Chandler is expected to officially sign with the UFC sometime this month.
- He’ll instantly be thrown into the promotion’s top-1o at lightweight.
- New reports indicate Michael Chandler’s first UFC fight could come against Tony Ferguson.
Last month, news surfaced that Michael Chandler was considering making the move into the UFC. Fans immediately began debating who the former Bellator champion should face first in the world’s biggest promotion. There are now rumors surfacing that Michael Chandler’s first UFC fight could come against Tony Ferguson.
This would almost certainly be a competitive matchup. Many are still disappointed that the UFC is moving past the matchup between Ferguson and Dustin Poirier. Today, we’re going to talk about what exactly is happening with this situation at lightweight.
Let’s get into it!
The UFC’s Lightweight Division is Now Filled With Contenders
The UFC is widely considered to be the biggest and best MMA promotion in the world. Most of the world’s best fighters compete here, many of whom are based in the 155-pound division. Lightweight is now stacked with legitimate title contenders, all of whom could become champion sometime in 2021.
Khabib Nurmagomedov still sits on the throne in this division. He’s 28-0 and has one of the most dominant styles in the sport. Analysts consider him to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and some feel he’ll retire undefeated.
On October 24th, Justin Gaethje will look to be the first man to dethrone Khabib. Gaethje may have the wrestling skills to keep this fight on the feet. He has incredible punches, kicks, and has the kind of power necessary to take the title from the champ.
Everyone at the top-10 at lightweight is elite. Tony Ferguson is likely just one fight away from a title shot. Dustin Poirier proved he’s still at the top of his game with a recent victory over Dan Hooker. Some feel that Conor McGregor will eventually make his way back to this division, as well.
Since August, reports have been surfacing that Michael Chandler plans to move into the UFC. If so, he’ll immediately be thrown to the wolves. It now appears that UFC officials have one exciting matchup planned for the former face of Bellator MMA.
Unfortunately, it may not be what most fans are asking for.
Who Will Michael Chandler’s First UFC Fight Come Against?
Bellator MMA is now the second-largest MMA promotion in the US. We’ve seen many fighters from Bellator make the move to the UFC and find immediate success. After becoming a free agent, Michael Chandler was seen meeting with UFC President Dana White at the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas.
It seems highly likely that Michael will finally transition into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was one of the most successful fighters based outside the promotion. Many believe he can instantly compete with some of the best fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division.
A few weeks ago, reports surfaced that the UFC was interested in booking a fight between Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson. It seemed likely that this would serve as the co-main event of UFC 254 in October. Dana White then informed the media that contract negotiations with Dustin Poirier had fallen through.
It now seems that Michael Chandler’s first UFC fight could come against Tony Ferguson. Dana White has revealed that the promotion is already working to set up a high-profile opponent for Ferguson. Chandler is a well-known name in MMA and would be a serious test for the former interim lightweight champion.
Some fans are still disappointed to hear that the fight between Poirier and Ferguson is off the table. The stylistic matchup between these men was almost guaranteed to produce fireworks. The UFC doesn’t seem willing to budge on Poirier’s contract and Michael Chandler is likely the next-best option.
An official announcement on this fight has not been made official. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation over the next few weeks.
Odds on UFC 254 Are Now Being Offered Online
It seems very likely that Tony Ferguson will be competing on the UFC 254 card. There are several opponents that seem willing to compete against him. That includes Dan Hooker, the 5th-ranked fighter in the lightweight division.
It will be interesting to see whoever the UFC matches Ferguson against. He would be a great opponent for Michael Chandler’s first UFC fight. Despite what company officials are saying, the bout with Dustin Poirier is likely still on the table.
Most are still focused on the main event of UFC 254. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje are both incredible and no one really knows how their fight will play out. Bovada, one of the top US online sport betting sites, is now offering odds on how this bout will play out.
Khabib Nurmagomdov currently sits as the -270 favorite. He’s undefeated and has lost only a few rounds in his entire MMA career. Gaethje is listed as the +210 underdog and some feel he has the perfect style to give the champion trouble.
The lightweight division of the UFC is more competitive now than ever before. Soon, we’ll hear more information on Michael Chandler’s debut with the organization.
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