Michael Chandler believes that if he adopts the right strategy at his UFC debut, he may be able to “tempt” Habib Nurmagomedov from retirement.
Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Chandler will take the first step towards the Octagon with the UFC 257 against Dan Hooker of New Zealand.
Chandler was linked to Some other opponents On some other dates, but he seems happy with the match he finally got.
Obviously we worked on a few other things, at the risk of making Dan Hooker feel like the last option, “Chandler said. MMA fighting.. “From the date I signed, October 24th was scheduled to be the date. It was provided to [Dustin] Poirier, it was offered to [Tony] Ferguson, behold, they both turn it down and I’m a backup [for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje], This is perfectly fine. Then we moved our focus to this card, January 23, a few months ago, and the name, opponent will be Tony Ferguson.
“For some reason he didn’t want to join this January 23rd card,” Chandler added. “Basically he said no, didn’t say anything, I was at home, I wasn’t in the fight camp, and he hurriedly called me to fight him in December. He takes a short notice battle with Charles Oliveira. He loses to Oliveira. Oliveira is currently in third place.
“Then I shifted the gear,” Chandler continued. “Hooker was one of the names that was always thrown, but it was finally booked. I’m glad it was booked. He’s ranked 6th and is in the top 10 of the top 10 to UFC fans. It’s a good introductory game to show who you are. Go there and win with the biggest card in 2021. “
Hooker isn’t the first fighter expected to fight in his UFC debut, but he believes it’s a difficult test and that with the right strategy, Nurmagomedov could be kicked out of retirement.
Nurmagomedov, one of the best mixed martial arts fighters, retired after winning a submission to Justin Gaethje in October. Chandler suspects that Nurmagomedov may be forced to return to the fight again if he actually wrestles with Hooker.
“I want to stamp the referral to UFC fans by finishing or controlling Dan Hooker,” Chandler said. “It really puts me in the position that I could win the winner of Connor Poirier or the next title shot against Habib.
“I think we should go out and show off our wrestling skills,” Chandler added. “I definitely want to go there and knock out Dan Hooker, but I also want to show my wrestling skills to the world. I want to stamp good old American wrestling. Maybe to Habib. You can come back to American Wrestling vs. Russian Sambo and invite him to reach 30-0 and see if he can beat me.
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Michael Chandler believes that the right strategy at UFC 257 can “tempt” Habib Nurmagomedov from retirement.
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