The ongoing rivalry between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler has been the talk of the town throughout the year.
Ever since Chandler’s debut in the UFC back in 2021, he has called out McGregor for a matchup. It wasn’t until they were both assigned as coaches for the latest season of TUF reality series that the call for their clash gained substantial traction.
Despite the dominance displayed by the former Bellator champion’s team during their coaching stint, Michael Chandler himself has yet to confirm a date for his return to the octagon. While speculations buzzed about a potential comeback in 2023, McGregor’s return has been set for 2024.
There have been talks linking McGregor to a comeback at UFC 300. But as of now, no concrete decision has been reached.
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh hinted that McGregor’s return might be deferred to the summer of 2024.
On a segment of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Michael Chandler opened up about the delays and uncertainties surrounding McGregor’s return. Chandler candidly admitted that regardless of McGregor’s return date, he’d be ready for the showdown.
In response to McGregor’s chatter about UFC 300, Chandler stated: “Just remember when they say things, maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not true. Maybe they’re saying things just to make everyone speculate, and me, speculate. I’ve seen Conor talk about different opponents, I’ve seen Conor talk about different dates. I’ve seen Conor completely dismiss me, and act like the fight with me isn’t happening.”
He continued: “These are all ways that these guys try to get inside people’s heads. Unluckily for them, your boy is bulletproof. We’re good. We’re staying with the plan, we’re right where we need to be. I’ve had a year plus now to think about and visualize knocking Conor out… He’s trying to wait me out, smoke me out. But I’m going to be waiting here, man.”
“The greatest comeback in combat sports history, that road goes through one man. His name is Michael Chandler.”