UFC CEO Dana White recently discussed the potential return of veteran lightweight contender Michael Chandler and Irish MMA icon Conor McGregor.
White emphasized that if Chandler becomes impatient due to uncertainty surrounding his matchup with Conor McGregor, the promotion is prepared to arrange an alternative comeback.
Michael Chandler currently holds the fifth spot in the lightweight division rankings. He has been absent from the Octagon since his appearance on the main card of UFC 281 in November at Madison Square Garden.
Unfortunately, Chandler faced a third-round rear-naked choke loss against former interim champion Dustin Poirier.
Conor McGregor has not competed since July 2021. He suffered a significant setback with a fractured left tibia and fibula during a first-round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Poirier, the same opponent who bested Chandler.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his own return, McGregor remains determined and has advised Chandler to be patient. McGregor firmly believes that a showdown with Chandler is inevitable.
He stated, “Yes, it has to be. Has to be. Chandler, sit down and wait and shut your mouth, yeah? The mac will be here soon. En route. I’m still hoping for December.”
Earlier this week, UFC boss Dana White provided further insight into the situation. He confirmed that if Chandler continues to grow restless during his absence from active competition, the organization is ready to take action.
White stated, “I got nothing on either one of those guys right now, I’ve been saying for a while, next year is when Conor’s (McGregor) to fight. And then obviously, if (Michael) Chandler gets antsy, then we’ll figure something out. I think Chandler’s got a bunch of money, he’s hanging out with family, and when the time is right for the Conor fight, I’m sure that’s the fight he wants.”
The fate of Michael Chandler’s return to the Octagon remains uncertain. As the timeline unfolds, MMA fans eagerly await news of this anticipated matchup.