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Midnight Mania! Mateusz Gamrot calls out Michael Chandler: ‘Let’s make a war’

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UFC 281: Poirier v Chandler Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

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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.

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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