Embarking on a blistering Octagon tenure since his January 2021 debut with the organization, Michael Chandler has explained how his May 7. outing at UFC 274, will likely bring with it a patient performance, as he prepares to share the Octagon with former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson.
Michael Chandler, who managed to scoop the Bellator lightweight crown on three separate occasions during his lengthy tenure with the organization, has since established a 1-2 promotional record with the UFC since his ‘Fight Island’ landing.
Debuting against Kiwi striker, Dan Hooker at UFC 257 in January of last year, Chandler stopped the Auckland native with an explosive first round knockout win.
Challenging for lightweight gold in a vacant title outing against current champion, Charles Oliveira in May of that year, Chandler was handed a second round knockout loss, before returning against soon-to-be common-foe, Justin Gaethje in November at Madison Square Garden in a Fight of the Year judging defeat.
Michael Chandler insists he will not rush a potential finish against Tony Ferguson
Speaking about a tactical approach to his UFC 274 outing against the veteran, Ferguson, Chandler claimed that the Oxnard native was a “lunatic”, and insisted that he would not rush a finish against the wily fan-favorite.
“Justin Gaethje was somewhat predictable, we knew that he was gonna go out there and throw those punches and throw those leg kicks like we’ve seen Justin Gaethje do for the last decade,” Michael Chandler explained during an appearance on DC & RC. “Tony Ferguson, on the other hand, I think, is a tougher puzzle to solve. You never know what Tony Ferguson is going to do. The man is a certified lunatic inside the cage and we love him because of it. … I will be looking for a finish, but I will not be overexerting myself to get the finish.”
Attempting to snap a three-fight losing skid in his return at UFC 274, Ferguson has dropped a trio of rather one-sided losses to the above mentioned, Gaethje, and Oliveira – most recently, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 in May of last year.