“Longest training camp of the sport” – Michael Chandler trains with welterweight sensation Shavkat Rakhmonov ahead of rumored Conor McGregor fight; fans react

Michael Chandler is waiting for an announcement for his anticipated bout with Conor McGregor. Meanwhile, he trained with welterweight contender to stay in shape.


“Longest training camp of the sport” – Michael Chandler trains with welterweight sensation Shavkat Rakhmonov ahead of rumored Conor McGregor fight; fans react

Michael Chandler trained with Shavkat Rakhmonov for his anticipated fight with Conor McGregor (via IMAGO/X)

The MMA world is waiting for the much-anticipated return of Conor McGregor. He is rumored to face Michael Chandler in his comeback fight. Despite the lack of an official announcement, Chandler remains focused on his training. He has upped his preparation by training with Shavkat Rakhmonov.

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Shavkat Rakhmonov was an undefeated rising contender in the welterweight division. Training with him indicated that Michael Chandler remains dialed in for his fight against Conor McGregor. Since there was no official date for the fight, the fight was rumored to be in jeopardy. However, ‘Iron’ ignored the outside noise and centered his focus on training.

Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler featured as opposing coaches in Season 31 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ This aired in May 2023, and they were expected to fight at the end of the year. However, McGregor was not enrolled in USADA, and the fight was postponed as USADA stated that the fighter needed testing for at least six months before competing.

Conor McGregor last fought at UFC 264 against Dustin Poirier. He suffered a gruesome leg injury and was sidelined. However, ‘The Notorious’ hinted at a return by April 2024 at UFC 300. But later, his coach, John Kavanagh, went on air and stated that the UFC had pushed McGregor’s fight further. Amidst these confusions, Michael Chandler hasn’t fought for over a year and is still waiting for McGrego’s fight.

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Fans react to Michael Chandler training alongside Shavkat Rakhmonov

Recently, a picture of Michael Chandler and Shavkat Rakhmonov training together made its rounds around the internet. ‘Nomad’ has a fight scheduled against Stephen Thompson in UFC 296. On the other hand, Chandler still expected to face Conor McGregor and continued to train for it.

Michael Chandler and Shavkat Rakhmonov trained together for their upcoming fights
Michael Chandler and Shavkat Rakhmonov trained together for their upcoming fights (via Yahoo Sports/IMDb)

The fight between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler was the most anticipated UFC bout recently. However, it’s losing its hype as there’s no news about it from the UFC. However, the buzz resurfaced as Chandler trained along with the undefeated welterweight Rakhmonov. Here are some interesting reactions from the fight fans:

Fans were excited for both Michael Chandler’s and Shavkat Rakhmonov’s fights. Some said they train at the same gym, which wasn’t a big deal. However, the American fighter training with Rakhmonov meant he was serious about fighting McGregor. As such, the fight fans are waiting for Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler.

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