Chandler responds to possibility of UFC creating a ‘McGregor belt’

UFC lightweight Michael Chandler likes the idea of Conor McGregor receiving his own McGregor-themed belt.

Chandler, 34, is set to fight Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 262. It comes after his phenomenal UFC debut back in January when he knocked out Dan Hooker – shortly before McGregor fell to a loss of his own against Dustin Poirier.

Chandler vs McGregor?

With McGregor currently preparing to face Poirier again, both men are on slightly different paths for now. However, if they both win their scheduled fights, a showdown between them could quickly become quite feasible.

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After McGregor noted recently that he’d like to see a Conor-inspired belt come into existence, Chandler made it clear in a recent interview that he’d love to try and claim it for himself.

“I love it, man,” Chandler said. “It’s Conor being Conor. Listen, you can say what you want about Conor but the dude’s the biggest combat sports icon on the planet. Not just right now but he has been for a while and he will be for the foreseeable future.

“I don’t think it is going to happen but I think it’s kind of a cool idea and I love the prospect of him beating Dustin Poirier and me putting my belt on the line, November or December, and him putting the Conor McGregor belt on the line in November or December.

“I’d love a Patek rare belt sitting on my mantle to add to my collection. I want to share the Octagon with Conor McGregor sooner or later, eventually before I retire. So we’ll see if it happens after I beat Charles Oliveira. How many fights it will take, we’ll see.”

Chandler’s title fight is scheduled for May 15 whereas McGregor’s trilogy fight with Poirier is being lined up for July 10.

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