On Saturday night, Michael Chandler received probably the best knockout of his career. Tony Ferguson was severely knocked out by the UFC lightweight contender and former Bellator champion at UFC 274. 17 seconds into the second round, the official stoppage occurred. The lightweight match took place at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, as part of the UFC 274 main event.
Both fighters came out firing in the first round, exchanging heavy shots. A minute into the round, Ferguson connected flush and dropped Chandler. Ferguson put pressure on Chandler and made a couple of connections before being hauled out halfway through the round. Ferguson stayed active on the bottom, as usual, with submission efforts.
With one of the shots, he sliced Chandler open. Chandler retaliated with some ground-and-pound and maintained control of the position until the final bell.
Chandler came out swinging in the second round, unleashing a soccer-like kick down the middle and connecting flush on Ferguson. Ferguson immediately slumped to the ground, and the fight was called off.
After the victory, Chandler cut an incredible promo, calling out the winner of the main event between Oliveira and Gaethje, or opting to welcome former champ-champ Conor McGregor back to action.
Minutes before the UFC 274 knockout, Michael Chandler dislocated his finger.
Michael Chandler had a slight mishap when warming up for his fight against Tony Ferguson. Minutes before ‘Iron’ entered the Octagon opposite of ‘El Cucuy’ at UFC 274 on Saturday, he suffered a minor injury.
Chandler recently appeared on The Pat McAfee Show, where he showed off his huge left ring finger. He claimed that it happened after he and his Sanford MMA teammate and training partner Demarques Jackson were practicing another technique.
In the show, it stated, “He was throwing kicks — I had this great idea. Warm up was already done. I’m going out in about 10, 20 minutes and I’m like, ‘Hey, throw some left high kicks at me. I want to block them and go to the body shot’. And he threw a normal kick like he’s done a thousand times at me, and it ended up going fingernail, all the way back. Bent it all the way back.”
He also took to Twitter to upload a picture of the same, He tweeted out “The day after”
Chandler has a few possibilities for his next UFC fight once he heals from his dislocated finger. During his post-fight interview, the 36-year-old delivered a ferocious callout to Oliveira, Gaethje, and Conor McGregor. He also has a potential fight against Nate Diaz who he is been going back and forth with.
Diaz is noted for his enormous gas tank and his persistence. Chandler, on the other hand, is known for his quick-witted combat technique. It’s nearly certain that a fight between these two candidates will be intense.