Michael Chandler

Justin Gaethje: UFC botched lightweight title picture, stiffed Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson

nt" Justin Gaethje thinks the UFC dropped the ball in how it’s handled business at the very top of the lightweight division. Gaethje, the former UFC title challenger and current top contender, believes the title picture at 155 pounds was managed poorly by the UFC and president Dana White...

Twitter Mailbag: What does Michael Chandler’s UFC debut say about Patrico Freire?

nt" Questions on your mind about recent happenings in the UFC or sport of MMA in general? MMA Junkie’s Twitter Mailbag is here – and this week, @mma_kings answers: Seeing how well Michael Chandler performed in his UFC debut, does Bellator champ-champ Patricio Freire deserve more respect given that...

Video: Does Michael Chandler deserve immediate UFC title shot after debut?

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler had one of the most memorable debuts in UFC history last Saturday night, when he defeated Dan Hooker via first-round TKO in the co-feature bout of UFC 257. Then, in the next bout, Dustin Poirier finished former champ-champ Conor McGregor in the second...

UFC 257 rookie report: Grading the lone newcomer in Abu Dhabi

Fighters from around the globe dream of the day they’ll step into the UFC octagon for the first time. For one athlete, Saturday’s UFC 257 event marked that special moment in their career. Check out this week’s rookie report to see what kind of first impression he made on...

UFC 257 preview video: Breaking down Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 and more

nt" ABU DHABI — The first blockbuster UFC event of 2021 is here, and MMA Junkie has you covered. We’ve had multiple reporters on the ground all throughout the UFC’s three-event stint at “Fight Island” to kick off the MMA calendar, and it’s all leading up to the big...

Daniel Cormier: Michael Chandler-Dan Hooker winner should call out Conor McGregor at UFC 257

UFC lightweights Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker will square off in prime position as the UFC 257 co-main event ahead of Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, which headlines the first pay-per-view of the year. The way Daniel Cormier sees it, the winner of Chandler vs. Hooker would be wise...

Michael Chandler calls Dan Hooker his toughest matchup, but wasn’t on ‘radar’ prior to UFC 257 booking

Michael Chandler didn’t think he’d be fighting Dan Hooker for his UFC debut. The former Bellator champion and recent UFC signee thought he’d be taking on a top-five name in UFC’s lightweight division for his first bout with the organization. Instead, Chandler is set to fight Hooker, who’s No....

Michael Chandler’s octagon debut set vs. Dan Hooker at UFC 257

Michael Chandler is getting his wish to fight a top-ranked lightweight in his UFC debut. Chandler, a former three-time Bellator champion, will make his first trip to the octagon at UFC 257 against Dan Hooker. Two people with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie that Chandler (21-5 MMA,...

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