Conor McGregor is a ‘different level’ and his ‘left hand can put out anyone on the planet’, gushes Michael Chandler as American ramps up charm offensive in bid to secure fight with ‘Notorious’ next year
- Michael Chandler recently suffered a defeat at the hand of Justin Gaethje
- He is now pushing for a fight in 2022 against Conor McGregor when he is back
- Rather than bait the Irishman with trash talk, he is killing him with kindness
- ‘That left hand can put anybody out on the entire planet’, he said
Michael Chandler is taking the ‘kill with kindness’ approach to secure a lucrative fight with Conor McGregor next year.
Rather than bait the Irishman into a bout in 2022 with trash talk, the American has been complementary at every turn.
He called out McGregor despite losing against Justin Gaethje in their Fight of the Year contender earlier this month and has followed up by lavishing praise on former two-weight champion.
Michael Chandler is pushing hard to fight Conor McGregor at some point in 2022
He lost a brutal three-round contest against Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 in New York
‘That left hand can put anybody out on the entire planet,’ Chandler said on the ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ podcast.
‘I think my right hand can put anybody out on the the entire planet, so I think it’s a perfect fight.
‘It’s a different approach when you’re fighting a guy like Conor because fighting a guy like Gaethje, who loves to brawl, is much easier than a guy who you’re really afraid to sometimes throw a punch at because of the shot that you don’t see coming as you’re pulling your hand back.
‘So, you definitely got to be on your Ps and Qs with the striking. But then the coolest thing about Conor, too, is everybody always talks about how bad of a wrestler he is, how bad of a grappler he is.’
McGregor is working hard to get back into shape following his broken leg earlier this year
Chandler went on: ‘Chad Mendes took him down a couple times. He got taken down a couple times in the second (Nate) Diaz fight. He got taken down numerous times in other fights, and he has always kept his composure.
‘His mental awareness capacity and stability inside of the octagon, inside the confines of competition, especially with how heightened the stakes and the senses are inside of his fights while everybody in the entire world is watching, is something to behold, man.
‘He’s a different level of competitor, and anybody who discredits him because he’s lost fights is just either a casual or a Conor hater, to be honest with you.’
McGregor is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered in his second defeat by Dustin Poirier.
He is expected to return by next summer and it remains to be seen if Chandler will fight in the interim or rest up following his brutal war with Gaethje.
Gaethje is attempting to secure a fight with the Irishman by lavishing him with praise