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Michael Chandler Wants UFC 257 Win To Lead To McGregor/Poirier Fight

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Tonight sees UFC host their first PPV event of 2021. Ending fight week, the massive card will be headlined by the Lightweight showdown between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier for UFC 257. Arguably the second biggest fight on the card will see Dan Hooker take on Michael Chandler. This is Chandler’s first appearance in the octagon, with Dan Hooker looking to stop the hype train of the former Bellator great.

Michael Chandler on UFC 257

Michael Chandler said before the fight that the stakes are massive, considering the scope of the UFC Lightweight division. “I think going out there and beating Dan Hooker puts me in the No. 5 or No. 4 spot,’ Chandler stated in an interview with MMA Fighting. ‘I think Tony Ferguson’s sitting at No. 5 right now. He’s on a two-fight loss streak. You’ve got Justin Gaethje but he just lost and he’s kind of sitting and waiting for the division to kind of see what happens, to see what clarity coming from the Conor [McGregor] and [Dustin] Poirier fight.”

‘If I go out there and dominate Dan Hooker like I believe I’m going to, why shouldn’t it be me fighting Conor or Poirier for either the No. 1 contender’s spot, an interim title or the title?’ Michael Chandler continued. ‘We’ll see what happens. I’m going to grab some popcorn and watch cage side and expect to fight the winner. All I know is I’m going to go out there and do my job on the biggest stage possible and it’s going to be a lot of fun. A lot of questions will be answered.’

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