UFC newcomer and former Bellator Champion, Michael Chandler, has yet to make how UFC debut, but there’s no reason to worry, says UFC president Dana White. Chandler was drafted into the UFC as a backup for Nurmagomedov vs Gaethje, but since that fight proceeded as planned and both the fighter’s showed up, Chandler hasn’t stepped inside the octagon still.
Now, with Khabib announcing his retirement, there’s a lot of excitement and speculation in the lightweight division with fights like Ferguson vs Oliveira, and McGregor vs Poirier already being announced. So this begs the question; who is Michael Chandler going to fight and when?
Chandler may make his debut at ‘Fight Island’ early in 2021
While speaking to reporters backstage at the UFC Apex after UFC on ESPN 18, White explained that the UFC was simply making sure the former Bellator champion arrived for his debut at 100 percent.
“The problem with Michael Chandler right now is he stepped up for that fight and he cut weight, so he can’t turn around as fast as these other guys can right now. We can’t do that to him,” he said. “So, no hurry, take his time, get his body back together. We’ll get him something soon.”
White hasn’t spilled anything on who the former Bellator champion may face, but he has hinted that Chandler may make his UFC debut at ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, early in 2021. “Once we go back to Abu Dhabi there’s going to be a lot of big fights coming up here, so he’ll be a part of something,” he added.
Do you think Chandler is ready to face off against the top contenders the lightweight division has to offer?