Conor McGregor defended by rival Michael Chandler who insists Notorious’ left hand can ‘put out anybody on the entire planet’
UFC star Michael Chandler has continued his charm offensive with Conor McGregor in an attempt to secure a fight with the Irishman.
Chandler, who was beaten by Justin Gaethje in a thrilling bout earlier this month, has called on ‘Notorious’ to be his next opponent.
Rather than trash talking McGregor, who has lost two of his last three fights, Chandler has given the former two-weight champion a string of compliments.
“That left hand can put anybody out on the entire planet,” Chandler said on the ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ podcast.
“I think my right hand can put anybody out on the the entire planet, so I think it’s a perfect fight.
“It’s a different approach when you’re fighting a guy like Conor because fighting a guy like Gaethje, who loves to brawl, is much easier than a guy who you’re really afraid to sometimes throw a punch at because of the shot that you don’t see coming as you’re pulling your hand back.
“So, you definitely got to be on your Ps and Qs with the striking. But then the coolest thing about Conor, too, is everybody always talks about how bad of a wrestler he is, how bad of a grappler he is.”
Chandler continued: “Chad Mendes took him down a couple times. He got taken down a couple times in the second (Nate) Diaz fight. He got taken down numerous times in other fights, and he has always kept his composure.
“His mental awareness capacity and stability inside of the octagon, inside the confines of competition, especially with how heightened the stakes and the senses are inside of his fights while everybody in the entire world is watching, is something to behold, man.
“He’s a different level of competitor, and anybody who discredits him because he’s lost fights is just either a casual or a Conor hater, to be honest with you.”
McGregor is currently recovering from a broken leg suffered during his defeat to Dustin Poirier and expected to return to the Octagon next year.