Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler wants to eventually fight former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor sooner rather than later.
The top UFC lightweight contender spoke with MMA reporter Helen Yee ahead of his title fight with Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, Texas about his hopes to fight McGregor after beating Oliveira and if McGregor beats Dustin Poirier in their trilogy bout at UFC 264 on July 10, while also giving his take on the idea of a McGregor Belt.
“I love it, man,” Chandler said (h/t BJPenn.com). “It’s Conor being Conor. Listen, I mean 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 (the McGregor belt) it's gonna happen. I think it’s kind of a cool idea and I'd love the prospect of him beating Dustin Poirier and me putting my belt on the line in November or December, and him putting the Conor McGregor belt on the line in November or December. I’d love a patek rare belt or whatever he said sitting on my mantle ya know 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'll take? we’ll see.”