Michael Chandler isn’t stopping his campaign to fight Conor McGregor anytime soon.
The former Bellator Champion has thrown his name in the hat to fight ‘The Notorious’ on multiple occasions to no avail. However, there seems to be more interest than ever as McGregor will reportedly coach the next season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and Chandler wants in on that, 100%.
Should Chandler get the opportunity to fight McGregor, he’s more than happy than taking the Irishman on at 170lbs. ‘Iron’ Mike even says he’s bigger than the massive McGregor.
“I’m walking around almost 190 right now,” Chandler said on the ‘Believe You Me Podcast’ . “I stay lean, because I’m always training. I’m not getting fluffy or fat, and I’m always around that 185-190 clip. So 170, for me, would be a dream come true.
“I don’t like making 155. The only reason I can make 155 is just good, old-fashioned 12 weeks of diet, exercise, discipline, and a little bit of dehydration at the end, so why not do 170? I still think I’m bigger than Conor at this point, even with his regimen that he’s been on.”
While Tony Ferguson may end up being McGregor’s coaching rival on TUF 31, Chandler refuses to give up on the possibility of going up against the UFC’s biggest star on reality TV. Chandler gave his pitch on what the lead-up would look like between him and McGregor.
“The tension, the rivalry, the competition, the trash talk,” Chandler continued. “The animosity that would be built up and then going into a training camp and then fight later on after the show. I want the fight, everyone knows that. The fans want the fight, Dana [White] has gone public saying he wants that fight, so the UFC wants the fight. Huge fight. Can you imagine the first round?”