Michael Chandler Proposes Tournament to Crown New Lightweight Champ
By FCF Staff
After Nurmagomedov choked out Justina Gaethje at UFC 254, the undefeated fighter announced he’s retiring. The 32-year-old star revealed that after his father Abdulmanap passed away earlier this year, he promised his mother he would fight just one more time.
Following UFC 254, Chandler spoke with BT Sport. While doing so, the former Bellator champ said this (quote via MMA Junkie).
“When a man says he’s going to go, he’s going to go – but here we are,” Chandler said. “I’m excited to be a part of the UFC lightweight division right now at the top when there is no UFC lightweight champion. So we’ll see what happens next. … I did mention Tony Ferguson’s name and we were talking about January, but now we’ve got Justin Gaethje in here talking about eight weeks from tonight wanting to fight for a title. Let’s be honest: I’m the new guy. I’m not going to come in here and say, ‘Hey guys I deserve a title shot.’ I’d love my name to be thrown into the mix.”
“I’d love the opportunity to fight in a four-man tournament for that title. Conor, Poirier, myself, Ferguson. There’s some names that need to be fighting for a title, so let’s make it happen.”
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) October 25, 2020
Recently the UFC has been working on booking a rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier for January 23rd. But, following Nurmagomedov’s retirement, it’s not clear if the promotion will proceed with those plans.