Michael Chandler plots victory over ‘certified lunatic’ Ferguson
Michael Chandler knows exactly what he needs to do to beat “certified lunatic” Tony Ferguson at UFC 274.
Chandler will step into the Octagon against former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 7. The two men are known to have put on a show inside the Octagon. two end up colliding. Recently, Chandler joined DC and RC to get a glimpse of his fight against “El Cucuy”.
The former Bellator champion says Ferguson is a tougher puzzle to solve than his former opponents because you never know what the ‘certified lunatic’ is going to do. However, he’s still going to go out there and look for a finish against the former interim champion.
“Tony Ferguson, on the other hand, I think it’s even more of a harder puzzle to solve,” Chandler said. “You never know what Tony Ferguson is going to do. The man is a certified lunatic inside the cage and we love him because of it. So there’s nobody – I think I m train in the best gym in the world with the best trainers in the world.
“But none of my sparring partners can emulate Tony Ferguson. He’s certified as one of the talents in mixed martial arts. I think I just came out and came up with a game plan: bite on the mouthpiece mouth, put the pressure on him – like I always do – manage the distance, be fast, be strong, be athletic and let my training be over.
“Go out there, listen to my coaching staff, and I believe I can go for it – I’ll be looking for a finish but I won’t overwork myself to get the finish.”
Chandler is currently on a two-fight losing skid after his successful UFC debut in January 2021 when he knocked out Dan Hooker. He was then finished by Charles Oliveira in his next fight for the vacant lightweight championship. The finish came in the second round after a promising first round for Chandler, where he nearly finished the fight.
His last outing against Justin Gaethje was a terrific contest, but Chandler fell short by unanimous decision. Now he’s looking to get back on track with a win over Ferguson, who could also use a win right now. Ferguson is on a three-game losing streak after riding a 12-game winning streak from 2013 to 2019.
His last three defeats have come against Gaethje, Oliveira and Beneil Dariush. Both men are desperate for the win at this point in their careers, which should make for a pretty hectic competition on fight night.
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