Michael Chandler vs Conor McGregor is a bout that has been in the making for quite some time now. They will fight on June 29 at 185 pounds. Previously, they were supposed to fight at the end of last year but Conor failed to send samples to USADA resulting in the bout being postponed.
Michael Chandler is not worried about the weight as he believes he’s stronger than Conor McGregor naturally. He doesn’t think that size will be an advantage in the bout and he will not be bulking much and intends to be not much more than 155 lbs, fighting at 185 lbs.
On his YouTube channel, he claims “I don’t believe that size is an advantage, I would stay the same exact weight I am right now and I would just eat a little bit more and have the same camp so I can still get just as shredded as I looked like at 155, fighting at 185.”
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He insists that Conor isn’t stronger than him and he would beat him, being lighter than him, as he believes he packs much more strength than Conor and his training camp is enough for the fight as he adds “He is not stronger than me. So, I don’t need to gain weight, I don’t need to gain any more strength, I don’t need to do any more than what I’m already doing. The dude is not stronger than me.”
Michael Chandler doubts Conor’s strength over a lack of availability of his weight training clips as Chandler himself has been putting in the work. He comments “Now, he’s a natural 155-pounder. I’m a 155-pounder. We would just be fighting at 185. He’s not stronger than me.”
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Though Michael Chandler has his doubts over Conor’s strength, Conor McGregor has always boasted of knockout power with 8 of his 10 wins in the UFC coming via KO/TKO. He has knockout wins over MMA veterans Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez, and Dustin Poirier. Chandler, on the other hand, has 2 wins out of his 5 UFC fights, both via KO/TKO.
Conor has been inactive for over 2.5 years since his loss to Dustin Poirier over a devastating leg break in UFC 264. Chandler has been inactive for over a year too, since his loss to Dustin Poirier via submission in UFC 281. It will be an interesting bout given the build-up and fighting prowess of both the fighters.