Michael Chandler answers the query regarding Ben Askren comparisons at the media day of UFC 257. The fighter will make his debut at the event and will be up against Dan Hooker.
At UFC 257 Michael Chandler will finally step inside the Octagon of the leading MMA promotion in the world. Though the Iron is an established athlete in the circuit but, having not performed in front of the glorified audience of UFC before, there are rumblings that Chandler will have to prove his in-ring mettle.
The 34-year-old is a high-profile recruit from Bellator MMA and thus before his debut match in UFC, there are inevitable comparisons with Ben Askren, who not long ago was given the same reception as Chandler, but could not make a lasting impact. So, in the wake of his debut, the prevalent question that stands is will Chandler be any different from Askren?
Michael Chandler on comparison with Ben Askren before his UFC debut at UFC 257
In the media day before the event, Michael Chandler addressed questions on comparison with Ben Askren and cut-out a confident figure that his UFC stint will be non-identical to Ben Askren.
“Listen, I’m well-aware of Ben’s fights in the UFC, his stint in the UFC,” Chandler said. “I’m well-aware he seemed to be more bark than he was bite in his UFC career, I guess, going 1-2. But I can guarantee right now Ben Askren lays his head on his pillow at night and sleeps like a baby knowing that he came to the UFC, he put his best foot forward, he came up short a couple of times.
“It remains to be seen what the Michael Chandler story will be. I believe it’s going to be a lot different than Ben’s. That doesn’t make me any better or any worse than him. He’s a dear friend of mine, like a big brother to me. So we will see how the story is told. There’s a lot of people comparing me to Ben Askren, which, there’s the Mizzou connection, the friendship that we have. We shall see.” (Source- The body lock)
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