UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler is aware of the dangers he will face when he shares the Octagon with Tony Ferguson at UFC 274.
At this weekend’s pay-per-view, which is set to descend from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Chandler will make his fourth UFC walk. Despite a negative 1-2 record on MMA’s biggest stage, few fighters have faced the level of competition and thrilled audiences like he has in just three appearances.
After narrowly failing to title glory against Charles Oliveira last May and suffering a Fight of the Year defeat with Justin Gaethje six months later, the former Bellator champ is looking to stay in touch with elite contenders at 155 pounds in his fourth straight. PPV output.
To do that, he will have to raise his hand this Saturday at the expense of fan favorite Ferguson. Before the fight, Chandler gave an honest assessment of what it’s like to prepare to face ‘El Cucuy’.
To put it simply, it’s a “frightening” prospect.
Chandler: No one can imitate Ferguson.
At UFC 274 media day on Wednesday, Chandler was asked if any name on his impressive and lengthy MMA resume has similar attributes or styles to the current No. 7-ranked lightweight contender.
Considering Ferguson’s unique offense, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the answer was “no.”
Highlighting Ferguson’s relentless conditioning and durability, Chandler marked a date with “El Cucuy” as a date to fear. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old is certainly not one to back down from a fight.
“No, I really haven’t (I have someone on my file like Ferguson),” Chandler admitted. “Obviously everyone has two arms and two legs, and we’re talking about boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and grappling, and so of course there are similarities here and there. But I think , when you add in the ride that Tony Ferguson doesn’t get tired, he ain’t done, he keeps coming – it’s a scary fight.
“He has elbows that will cut you, he throws them all over the place. He continues to fight on his back when he is shot. I don’t see anyone who can impersonate Tony Ferguson, because no one can,” Chandler added. “It’s a puzzle to solve, and we’ll try to solve it on Saturday night.”
An entertaining veteran of the sport will leave the arena on a losing three-fight slip and a significant distance from contention. But whatever the outcome, fans are sure to expect an entertaining affair when “Iron” and “El Cucuy” drop Saturday night.
Who do you think will return to lightweight competition at UFC 274, Michael Chandler or Tony Ferguson?