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What’s next for Michael Chandler after his UFC 281 submission loss?
Had “Iron” defeated Dustin Poirier, there’s a real chance he could’ve jumped the line at Lightweight. Instead, Chandler has lost three of his five UFC fights, even if each and every performance has resulted in massive entertainment. There’s a chance Chandler scores a spot as Conor McGregor’s dance partner in his eventual return, but a showdown opposite “Notorious” is far from guaranteed, and the timeline is fairly unknown.
Mateusz Gamrot has another option. “Gamer” took to Instagram to call for a scrap with the former Bellator kingpin, aiming for a fight in Spring 2023.
“Hey Mike Chandler,” Gamrot wrote. “If you still wanna be counted as a title contender, let’s make a war at spring and see who’s the better wrestler. Winner is going up! Enjoy your well deserved rest for now”
The No.8-ranked Lightweight also tasted defeat in his last trip to the Octagon, coming up short against Beneil Dariush. Prior to that loss, Gamrot had won four in a row, including a main event duel against top prospect Arman Tsarukyan. If Chandler wants to get back in the title hunt rather than pursue more high-profile money fights, taking out Gamrot would definitely go a long way in proving himself a continued title threat.
I am reminded of Dave Chappelle’s classic Player Hater’s Ball skit.
*izzy retires from MMA and decides to run for office*— Hektic_One (@hektic_one) November 16, 2022
alex pereira: pic.twitter.com/aFBTbcYxnl
*israel adesanya in court for parking tickets*— Dovy (@DovySimuMMA) November 16, 2022
the judge: pic.twitter.com/NqVSPXrFuV
*Israel Adesanya retires and becomes a security guard at a museum*— Liam⚔️ (@LiamHealy16) November 16, 2022
Alex Pereira: pic.twitter.com/uZGlvrt1II
On an additional note, Pereira received his brown belt!
Here’s video of the big moment for the new champ: pic.twitter.com/X9W92EyyQU— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 16, 2022
Nate Diaz hanging out with Rocky!
Is this a violation of the UFC fighter code of conduct?
Bro whipped out the Hasblicky pic.twitter.com/atvISrBm3i— Hasbulla (@HasbullaHive) November 16, 2022
UFC is definitely in the market for high-level kickboxers willing to learn takedown defense.
There’s nothing like being the last two wrestling, usually at the end of practice in a “jog after one person scores the takedown”-type scenario. Hype!
Ahh s—t, here we go again ...
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I haven’t seen a head kick counter to an overhand so nice since Jeremy Stephens flattened Rony Jason in like 2013.
bro got airtime... brutal head kick. pic.twitter.com/FgWzYzq5hi— Dovy (@DovySimuMMA) November 16, 2022
I can’t decide whether I think Derrick Lewis is going to get outwrestled this weekend or get outwrestled and still win by knockout.
In case y’all forgot: Edson Barboza hates legs.
An M. Night Shyamalan level of twist.
Nothing could prepare me for how this ad from 20 years ago ends pic.twitter.com/Lrd5iOISQg— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) November 15, 2022
Midnight Music: I try to keep an open mind, so I listened to the new Taylor Swift album that is absolutely decimating the charts. I still cannot fully tolerate the melodrama but liked some tracks!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.