Ever since Dana White hinted at a potential match between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler during a recent episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" (TUF), the world of Mixed Martial Arts has been buzzing with anticipation. However, no official date has been announced, and fans might have to wait until the new year to see these titans clash in the cage.
Nonetheless, it's never too early for speculation and analysis. The most intriguing question is centered around the comeback of Conor McGregor. The renowned Irish fighter, known for his dazzling performances and electrifying personality, is recovering from a severe left leg fracture sustained in July 2021.
Adding another layer of complexity to his return is McGregor's well-publicized lifestyle, which often clashes with the disciplined regime of a professional athlete. These circumstances cast doubts over his preparation and physical readiness for the showdown.
Chandler's Approach: Fireworks or Strategy?
Equally compelling is Michael Chandler's strategy for the fight. The American mixed martial artist's reputation as an elite wrestler precedes him. However, his track record in UFC matches tells a story of a fighter who leans towards standing battles, often sidelining his renowned wrestling prowess.
This preference for "fireworks" in the stand, as opposed to strategic wrestling, could prove decisive against McGregor. The top lightweight fighter in UFC, Beneil Dariush, shares these concerns. "Michael Chandler has the tools to win the fight, and he’s been more active, which is great for him," Dariush said.
"I just don’t know if he’s gonna use the tools. If he comes out and he tries to fight the way he fights the last three fights, I think he’ll lose." Dariush adds, "If he tries to go wild, Conor has the ability to take people out like that.
But if he fights smart, he uses the wrestling, he uses the takedown, I think he can have a great fight with Conor, and I think he can definitely win the fight. I am leaning toward Conor right now, just because I do think he’s got slick striking and his counters are very good."
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