In a new development, it is reported that Michael Chandler is the front-runner to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 254.
While Negotiations with Dustin Poirier failed, and with Dana White already exhibiting the intentions to find another opponent for Tony Ferguson, for UFC 254, the chances to find a significant challenger though are limited, but according to reports, UFC is planning a big move.
Michael Chandler, whose arrival in UFC looks imminent, may eventually see Tony Ferguson in his debut fight. Chandler, 34, has been a 3-time Bellator Lightweight champion. He’s been making rounds since Dana White publicly showed interest in his services.
Michael Chandler is the Front-Runner TO Face Tony Ferguson
As per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, UFC is in talks with Michael Chandler, and discussions are in place to book him against Tony Ferguson.
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As we all know, there’s a big difference between negotiating a contract and not wanting to fight. The entire MMA community — including the UFC brass — knows Dustin Poirier wants the Tony Ferguson fight. To suggest otherwise is simply unfair to Poirier, a veteran who has developed a reputation as the kind of fighter who is down to fight anyone, anytime. Poirier has assured me on multiple occasions that he wants the fight. Heck, he left his family in Lafayette, Louisiana, to start a training camp for a fight that wasn’t even booked yet. Does that sound like a guy who doesn’t want to compete? For now, the UFC is intent on moving on from Ferguson-Poirier, sources say.
Helwani also gave his take on Dana White’s recent statement about Poirier not wanting to fight Tony, and conveyed Dustin seemed hell-bent focused for the fight.
However, with this recent development, it is certain that UFC is trying to substitute a much anticipated fight with another sell-out bout, though escalations are yet to yield something of interest.
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