In fact, Chandler would like to fight Ferguson next weekend at the UFC 254 event.
“I’m already going Oct. 24th, I’m already making weight, so yes, I would definitely fight him,” Chandler said to MMA Junkie Radio. “He’s kind of the only guy that I’m interested in fighting right now. It’s already been talked about, so you don’t add any names to that hat whenever a guy in the top five is already talked about.”
Ferguson was reportedly set to battle Dustin Poirier at UFC 254, but the bout fell through after the promotion didn’t meet Poirier’s financial requirements.
Chandler also revealed that both Ferguson and Poirier have turned down the opportunity to fight him.
“Tony Ferguson was on the table, he said no; Dustin Poirier was on the table, he said no,” Chandler explained. “Since, Dustin Poirier has said yes to Conor (McGregor) and I think Conor has said yes to Dustin. So that leaves Tony Ferguson. That’s why I said in his way with all caps on Twitter, I said you already turned down a fight against me on the biggest card of the year. This card was going to have a lot of eyeballs and we could’ve been the co-main event and got this tournament going as he likes to talk. I could’ve stepped on his mat and see how things shake out. I think I go out there and beat Tony Ferguson and I immediately put myself on the title picture.”