Expected to make an Octagon comeback later this year against former duel-weight Octagon champion, Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight contender, Michael Chandler has expressed an interest in a host of other fights, including a surprising pairing with Colby Covington.

Chandler, the current #5 ranked lightweight contender, has been sidelined from active competition since November of last year, most recently suffering a third round rear-naked choke submission loss to Covington’s former training partner, Dustin Poirier at UFC 281.

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As for the former interim welterweight champion, Covington has himself yet to feature since he turned in a one-sided unanimous decision shutout win over Jorge Masvidal in their bitter grudge match atop a UFC 272 pay-per-view card back in March of last year.

Michael Chandler weighs up fight with Colby Covington in the future

And while weighing up potential future fights – including the possibility of competing for welterweight gold in the future, Chandler discussed a potential showdown with outspoken Clovis native, Covington.

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“I wouldn’t be opposed [to a welterweight championship fight],” Michael Chandler said during an interview with Thiccc Boy. “It depends on if it was the right matchup at 170 [pounds]. Colby (Covington) would be a good fight. I would love that Colby fight. I love the idea of a (Jorge) Masvidal fight, I wish him well in retirement.” 

“I love that fight,” Michael Chandler explained. “(Nate) Diaz, I’m sure is gonna end up coming back [to the UFC], he’ll fight at 170 [pounds]. There’s some cool, big, fun fights out there too if I don’t get the title shot. But, like I said, I don’t think I deserve a title shot necessarily. If they [the UFC] give it to me, I ain’t saying no.” 

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During his tenure with the promotion, Chandler, a former three-time Bellator MMA lightweight champion, has turned in victories over Dan Hooker, and a thunderous KO over former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. 

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