Conor McGregor ‘Likely’ to fight Michael Chandler in 2023, says Dana White

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Dana White has said that Conor McGregor will be fighting ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler. UFC fans may be treated to the most prolific man in MMA battling the most exciting man in MMA.

In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White has said that it is likely that Conor McGregor will return and be facing the top-ranked lightweight Michael Chandler. White added: “[McGregor] is not retiring anytime soon but can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Both Chandler and McGregor would be coming off losses to Dustin Poirier in their most recent fights. McGregor faced Poirier twice in 2021 but has sat out since due to a broken leg injury. ‘Notorious’ was once a two-division champion in the UFC.

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Chandler, former Bellator champion, has earned a record of 2-3 since signing with the UFC. However, the US-born athlete has earned a reputation for being one of the most exciting fighters in MMA today.

Michael Chandler wants Conor McGregor

‘Iron’ Michael Chandler has been vocal in his callouts of Ireland’s Conor McGregor. In a UFC 281 press conference, Chandler explained:

“I think at this point [McGregor will] come back and look at the suitors. I don’t think I’m the easiest fight that [McGregor] could take. But, I am the biggest fight that he could take. I think Conor McGregor stepping back in the octagon does big numbers no matter what. But Conor McGregor stepping inside the octagon with me does staggering numbers. I respect him, I would love to see him come back and maybe I’ll be the guy that he comes back and fights.”

Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler will likely be booked for mid-2023. No official announcement has yet come from the UFC but it’s clear McGregor wants a fight and Chandler wants the action.