Lightweight powerhouse Michael Chandler made it clear he didn’t “want” the smoke from UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya.
Chandler’s comment came after he posted a photo of himself with his family on his Twitter timeline. The picture was taken following his UFC 274 win over Tony Ferguson last weekend.
However, Adesanya’s face was photoshopped over the face of “Iron’s” son. And in the photo, Chandler is holding his son with one arm. “Loving You [Adesanya] — the Internet remains undefeated,” Chandler wrote. See the tweet and photo below:
Well, apparently some fans thought Chandler had a shot at “The Last Stylebender,” enough that Chandler had to post a follow-up tweet to defuse the situation.
“First of all…any one of you who thinks I belittled @stylebender for talking rubbish you’re all killing me,” Iron tweeted. “I don’t want that smoke. At all. je. But you have to admit, the picture was funny.”
Adesanya, who is known for his social media trolling and online antics, has yet to respond to Chandler’s photo or subsequent tweet.
BT Sport’s Chamatkar Sandhu shared a clip of Adesanya’s UFC 274 YouTube reaction video. The clip shows The Last Stylebender delivering the brutal kick to the chin of Iron Ferguson. Like everyone watching, Adesanya was shocked to say the least.
“Izzy’s reaction was a rollercoaster of emotions when Michael Chandler KO’d Tony Ferguson,” Sandhu tweeted. “I swear @stylebender’s YouTube game is phenomenal. Content of the highest quality. Good production values. Turn around quickly. Bravo.”
The kick is one of the most sensational knockouts of the year and you can see how Adesanya reacted below:
After raising his hand in the middle of the octagon at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Chandler spoke to Joe Rogan. And during the post-fight interview, Iron called Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor.
Oliveira and Gaethje were set to meet during the night’s headliner, and Oliveira clinched the win via a rear-naked choke on the first lap. Chandler wants another shot at being UFC champion and he would welcome a fight with “Do Bronx” next for the vacant lightweight belt. But he would also like to take the opportunity to welcome McGregor back into the cage.
“I have a guy in mind,” Chandler said during the show. “Conor McGregor! You have to come back and fight someone. I’m the most entertaining lightweight on the planet. But I want to up the ante, Conor. I want you in your greatest form. I want you at your worst and I want you at your best.
“You and me at 170!”
Chandler’s challenge prompted a response from the Irishman, who shortly afterwards tweeted: “I’d slap that guy off quite nicely, no doubt about that. A fireworks spectacle. I also like the 170 scream. Knocked him over. I’m definitely ready to fight this guy at some point in my career. I see it happening after tonight. Congratulations on a solid win Michael and another barnstormer.”
And the next day, Chandler also threw his name into the mix to be Nate Diaz’s next opponent.