Chandler: "Dan Hooker was a man who accepted what everyone else refused."



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Chandler: "Dan Hooker was a man who accepted what everyone else refused."

Ever since he became a member of the UFC at the end of last summer, Michael Chandler has been very successful in actualizing his place in the media and becoming a fighter whose debut in promotion is eagerly awaited. After various speculations, he won his fight at UFC 257, where he will warm up the audience by fighting Dan Hooker for a clash between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

But he admits Hooker was not the opponent he had hoped for. Chandler still wanted fighters who are among the top 5 but failed to arrange a fight with them. Still, he seems to be aware of their decisions and not to blame any of them.

They have been here for many years and everyone wants to achieve and do what is best for him at that moment. "Obviously I wanted to fight number two, three, four, or five before number 6. Dan Hooker was a man who accepted what everyone else refused.

So here we are, January 23rd I have a great opportunity around which I am excited about, ”Chandler said in an interview with TSN, further explaining his first statement: "Just about every one of them, except Conor, was offered a fight to everyone and they turned me down.

But I understand them. These are all guys who have taken a deep bite out of this division." "They've been fighting here for five or ten years, they've invested their time, blood, sweat, and tears. I realize I'm a newcomer and a black cat to everyone.

And I know no one wants to be the first man to enter the Octagon with me. "

He wants to be promoted

He believes that after defeating Hooker he will automatically become a sought-after commodity and that the next fight will not be difficult to contract.

All with the aim of being promoted to a challenger this year. "Dan Hooker is the guy who accepted the fight, and everyone else got away with it for private reasons. The most important thing is that I have a signed contract and a fight ahead of me.

The biggest show of the year and the title fight of the same. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to UFC fans." yet in the end he expressed satisfaction with what had been agreed. Chandler intends to get a chance to become just the second former Bellator champion to reach the UFC throne. Before him, only his great rival from the former promotion, Eddie Alvarez, managed to do that.