UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler responded to Arman Tsarukyan’s callout. ‘Iron’ rejected him and said he is aiming for Conor McGregor.
UFC lightweight Arman Tsarukyan is currently ranked at number 8.Tsarukyan just bounced back from a loss and is yearning for a bigger name.
He lost against Mateusz Gamrot in June of last year but managed to secure a win on his latest outing against Damir Ismagulov in December.
The Georgia extended his record to 19 wins and 3 losses. This time, Tsarukyan wants someone from the top 5. He is interested in facing UFC lightweight star Michael Chandler. On Twitter, Tsarukyan called him out and also insulted him.
“Hey [Michael Chandler] it’s time to defend your rankings! Lowest fight IQ in the division against the new MMA generation. I won’t see you at the top.” Tsarukyan wrote.
Michael Chandler is 2-1 after losing to Charles Oliveira for the vacant belt back in 2021. He lost to Justin Gaethje in a 3-round slugfest via unanimous decision. He then knocked out fan-favorite Tony Ferguson in the second round. On his last outing, he got submitted by number 2 contender Dustin Poirier.
During a recent episode of the Believe You Me podcast with Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith, Chandler was asked about Tsarukyan’s callout. The 36-year-old is pretty much not interested as he already has bigger plans.
He believes he has a big chance to face MMA star Conor McGregor on his blockbuster return. Not just that, Chandler is also aiming to be a coach for the upcoming TUF season 30.
“I didn’t respond because I haven’t even seen him fighting. I mean, I know he fought [Mateusz] Gamrot. But, I appreciate the callout. That’s exactly what I would do if I was him. But, no thanks. I’m over here talking about Conor [McGregor] and TUF.” Chandler said.
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