To welcome the puncher who just joined UFC Michael Chandler, Khabib presented a very attractive challenge for this rookie.
Islam Makhachev’s team has not given up on finding him a rival at UFC 254. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has offered Michael Chandler a potential title spot if he defeats Makhachev.
Earlier today, it was reported that Islam Makhachev was officially eliminated from UFC 254 after the tournament failed to find a replacement for rival Rafael dos Anjos, who was forced to withdraw from his match against Makhachev due to COVID infection.
Since that information, Makhachev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz offered Tony Ferguson $ 200,000 to confront Makhachev. However, the story did not stop there when recently, Chael Sonnen revealed an offer from Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC rookie Michael Chandler.
Chael Sonnen shared on his personal youtube video: “And he (Khabib) said no one was closer to Islam than him. Let me tell you, if Michael Chandler beats Islam, I will watch Michael Chandler with as candidate number 1, and I want you (Sonnen) to be the messenger”.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has always been known for being a man of honor. At the same time, the Russian champion is also quite stubborn when he repeatedly confronts the will of the UFC. In addition, Khabib is a special supporter of the remuneration, rewards and the issue of the opportunity to compete for worthy fighters.
Michael Chandler may not be a star of the world MMA village, but he is not a bad fighter. This puncher has defeated many UFC champions during his time at Bellator such as Eddie Alvarez, Benson Henderson. So, if Khabib really promised, Michael Chandler’s chances of early title competition is very shining.
However, in the present, Michael Chandler is a reserve fighter for the match between Khabib vs Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. That means only one of the two punches mentioned above has to withdraw from the UFC 254 event, Michael Chandler will have right opportunity to compete. Why did Chandler have to give up the opportunity to compete for the title to get the chance to compete for the title?
One more thing is that Khabib Nurmagomedov also never confirmed this information. it was all just a statement from the UFC “bombing” legend, Chael Sonnen. Is Sonnen really reliable?