Former three-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler could be on his way to the UFC.
Now a free agent, “Iron” has been testing the waters after his knockout victory over ex-UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in August at Bellator 234.
According to ESPN, the UFC are in “advanced talks” to sign Chandler, a NCAA Division I wrestling standout who is yet to set foot in the Octagon.
Per @arielhelwani, UFC is the front-runner to sign free agent Michael Chandler, who has "been discussed" as a potential opponent for Tony Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/LBved7TTL1
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 16, 2020
Not only that, but ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that Chandler is being eyed up as a potential opponent for Tony Ferguson.
UFC President Dana White announced that the promotion was hoping to book a fight between Ferguson and Dustin Poirier – two former interim UFC lightweight champions. However, the fight was shelved after negotiations with Louisiana native Poirier fell through.
Obviously, there are plenty of hurdles to overcome should a Chandler – Ferguson fight materialise: namely signing Chandler to the UFC to begin with. However, it’s clear that a fight like this would certainly pique the interests of mixed martial arts fans.
In Chandler, the UFC could be adding yet another must-see talent to their stacked lightweight division. Let’s hope all parties can happily agree to terms.