“Not a man on the planet “- Michael Chandler reveals how hard it is to prepare for Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 274


“Not a man on the planet “- Michael Chandler reveals how hard it is to prepare for Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 274

Michael Chandler- Tony Ferguson

UFC Lightweight Michael Chandler is all set to get into the deepest waters of uncertainty there is when he will step inside the Octagon with former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, often known by his nickname “El Cucuy.” Chandler is facing Ferguson this weekend in the fight before the co-main event at UFC 274 taking place as a 3-round lightweight bout in Footprint Center, Pheonix, Arizona, the United States.

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Michael Chandler
Michael Chandler

This is going to be Chandler’s fourth UFC fight. The first fight took place back in January 2021 when he made a spectacular debut with a first-round knockout of then #5 ranked lightweight Dan Hooker. In the second fight, Chandler got his first UFC title shot against current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, whom he felt shot against in the second round, but dominated the first round. In his last fight, Chandler lost via unanimous decision but delivered one of the greatest fights in lightweight history in Madison Square Garden against current lightweight title challenger Justin Gaethje.

Michael Chandler affirms his gym could not prepare for Tony Ferguson “100%”

Tony Ferguson- Michael Chandler
Tony Ferguson- Michael Chandler

In the pre-fight media scrum, Chandler talks about his aspiration to fight for the title once again and also to fight fellow UFC megastar Conor McGregor, his reaction to Tony Ferguson’s outrage at the UFC and much more. Chandler then also comes to the part of the preparation, specifically how difficult it was to prepare for such an unorthodox styled fighter in Ferguson.

“The thing that makes Tony scary… is he’s so unorthodox and so unpredictable not a man alive can emulate Tony Ferguson training,” says Chandler. “There’s nobody at Sanford MMA [Chandler’s gym] which I highly regard as the greatest gym on the planet with the greatest coaches, they really can’t 100% prepare me for Tony Ferguson because you don’t know what you’re going to get…

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What we saw last fight was not what we saw the fight before and it will not be what we see on Saturday night… everybody’s going to be on the edge of the seat and I might dare say that we’re going to steal the show again,” Chandler concludes.

What do you make of Chandler’s assessment of Ferguson’s style and the status of his preparation for the fight? Who do you think wins the fight? Should the winner be awarded the next title shot or should they be given a huge non-title fight? Where do you put Chandler amongst the best Bellator MMA fighters in their prime and amongst the current roster of most exciting UFC fighters?

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