Several fighters would love to be Conor McGregor’s comeback opponent, but Michael Chandler believes he may be the UFC’s first choice.
Chandler opened up on a recent episode of the Bussin’ With The Boys podcast.
“Iron” celebrates a massive win at UFC 274 earlier this month. He knocked out former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson with a devastating headbutt and post-fight challenged McGregor to fight him at 170lbs.
“I’ve got a guy on my mind,” Chandler broke out during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “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 electric call caught McGregor’s attention, and “Notorious” took to Twitter shortly after to share his interest in fighting the American.
“I’d have a nice knock off this guy, no doubt about that,” McGregor wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “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.”
It’s unclear when McGregor will actually return to the Octagon. He broke his leg at UFC 264 last July and has since recovered. But when the Irishman decides to sign a fight contract, Iron thinks there’s a good chance his name will be on the papers too.
“I feel like I’m the front runner at the moment, I could be the front runner. I’m exciting, I’ve got the hype, I’ve got the people behind me, I’ve got the knockouts, I’ve got the hilbilly fights with Gaethje, I’ve got the reputation,” Chandler said on the podcast via BJPenn.com.
“People can see me on the mic and they know there’s going to be verbal jiu-jitsu going on there on the mics, me and he’s going to come back to that, of course at least on my side … I think I’m close to the guy too.” be talking to Conor, and very few people start talking to Conor. You have to take it a little more seriously or put a little more weight on it. I still think I beat Conor, I’m fighting for the title next anyway. Nothing is guaranteed, this sport moves fast. Who knows.”
If the promotion wants McGregor’s comeback fight to take place in Ireland, then Chandler is in for it. Iron, in particular, is excited about the chance to face off against Notorious at Croke Park, a stadium in Dublin.
“I think it’s called Croke Park or something, there’s a big stadium out there that they talked about, Croke Park or something,” Chandler said. “That would be awesome too, I’d like to go to enemy territory.”