Michael Chandler responds to Tony Ferguson callout

Former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson recently called out former three-time Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler for UFC 256 on December 12.

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However, Chandler spoke recently with Brett Okamoto for ESPN and said the fight is right, but the date is wrong.

“There is a 0% chance I’ll fight Tony Ferguson in December,” said Chandler. “And I 100% know he knew that, because the UFC already told him that, and I’ve already said I’ll see him in January. Now that we have Conor [McGregor] fighting Dustin [Poirier] — it looks like that fight will get booked on Jan. 23 — they need a co-main event. Why wouldn’t it be Chandler vs. Ferguson?”

“The UFC didn’t offer me the fight in December, because they know I’m on a timeline now. I just made weight in October. Everybody knows I’m an active fighter and I’m constantly training, but I needed just four weeks off. Essentially, Tony is campaigning for us to fight in 3.5 weeks.

“Tony, you had the opportunity to fight me in October and you said no. You didn’t even bring up fighting in December until it was way past the 11th hour. Let’s be realistic and sign up for Jan. 23. If you think you still have what it takes to fight for a title, fight me on Jan. 23. Why not take that opportunity, instead of muddying the water with this silly stuff?”

And then Ferguson kept pushing.

Chandler signed recently with the UFC, and served as a backup with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim lightweight champ Justin Geathje fought at UFC 254 on October 24, 2020. Khabib unified the belts ad then MMA retired. “The Eagle” will apparently fight again, but in the meantime, the fight is on for a #1 contender, and the winner of Chandler vs. Ferguson can make a case to be in the conversation.

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