Next weekend at UFC 257, former tripleweight champion Bellator Michael Chandler will finally make his long-awaited UFC debut. It’s a great opportunity for Chandler to announce himself to UFC fans, but it also carries a good risk. Chandler faces sixth-ranked lightweight candidate Dan Hooker for his debut, and according to Daniel Cormier, this risk and reward makes the optimal debut for Chandler.
“Perfect match,” Cormier continued DC and Helwani. “Dan Hooker will challenge and get Michael Chandler to fight in all aspects of mixed martial arts. Hooker is just as tough as they come, he is from a good team, he has incredible fighting spirit, will, cardio. I mean, he and Dustin Poirier went to absolute war in APEX recently. So if you want to see if Michael Chandler is ready for the division̵
The last time a Bellator champion made his way to the UFC, it was Eddie Alvarez who debuted against Donald Cerrone. Alvarez ended up losing a decision that put his title aspirations back right out of the gate. Likewise, Cormier believes Dan Hooker has plenty of potential to do the same against Chandler, giving a win for “Iron” Mike who is so impressive.
“Challenging fight,” Cormier said. “I am not completely sure. Outside of Patricio Pitbull – who is fantastic – this will be the toughest match he has ever had. . . When you look at who Dan Hooker is today, in his absolute prime coming out of a major event match with Dustin Poirier, where it often went too close for over 25 minutes, this is easily one of Chandler’s greatest matches ever. has been involved in. He also gets the friction. He gets to fight the same night as Conor McGregor. It will really raise Chandler if he gets the job done. But if he does not, we are back in the situation where you have these strongly thought of free agents and it does not work. ”
In the end, things worked out for Alvarez, who after the Cerrone loss won a few fights and then claimed the lightweight title before losing it to the man who heads UFC 257, Conor McGregor. And given that McGregor is the most important event, Cormier has one piece of advice for Chandler: should he win, call Conor.
“I know my guy (Khabib Nurmagomedov) is one of the biggest stars in the world right now, but do you remember UFC 205?” Said Cormier. “‘I want to fight for your chicken!’ … Khabib is on the introduction: ‘I want to fight for your chicken!’ then all of a sudden they start mentioning Khabib and Conor in the same breath.Khabib is not a champion yet, he’s a young guy on the way up and then it’s just building and the UFC can call it back.
“For Chandler to be part of the co-main event, it puts him in a perfect place. And Dan Hooker too. If I’m Dan Hooker and the winner, I’ll say something about McGregor immediately. Whoever wins £ 155 on that match card, you say something about McGregor, because guess what? McGregor does not have the ability not to react. He wants to say something back. Because he’s getting started and he just wants to say something and raise you. There’s a level of stardom that comes with fighting on and with this guy I’ve never seen. So I’ll call him out if I’m Michael Chandler and I’m happy to be in that place. ”
UFC 257 takes place on January 23 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
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