Continously linked with a promotional bow opposite former interim UFC lightweight titleholder, Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson possibly as soon as December, former three-time Bellator 155-pound champion, Michael Chandler has now floated the possibility of a matchup with Ferguson at UFC 257 on January 23rd.
“There is a zero per cent chance I’ll fight Tony Ferguson in December,” Chandler told ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto, recently. “And I one-hundred per cent know he knew that, because the UFC already told him that, and I’ve already said I’ll see him in January. Now that we have Conor (McGregor) fighting Dustin (Poirier) – it looks like that fight will get booked on January 23rd. – they need a co-main event. Why wouldn’t it be Chandler vs. Ferguson.”
Chandler went on to explain how Ferguson had the opportunity to clash with him in October, an opportunity, according to the Missouri native, was one he rejected.
“The UFC didn’t offer me the fight in December, because they know I’m on a timeline now,” Chandler said. “I just made weight in October. Everybody knows I’m an active fighter and I’m constantly training, but I needed just four weeks off. Essentially, Tony is campaigning for us to fight in three and a half weeks.”
“Tony, you had the opportunity to fight me in October and you said no,” Chandler told. “You didn’t even bring up fighting in December until it was way past the eleventh hour. Let’s be realistic and sign up for January 23rd. If you think you still have what it takes to fight for a title, fight me on January 23rd. Why not take that opportunity, instead of muddying the water with this silly stuff.”
In a late-night response to Chandler, former interim best, Ferguson took to his official Twitter account – where he claimed the former had already accepted another bout offer from the promotion, against a different opponent.
UFC has said you have already accepted Another Fight ese! So @MikeChandlerMMA stop crying to @espnmma about fighting me. You want to compete against me I’ll be in Vegas Dec 12. Accept or we move on. -Champ Shit Only™️ kid ⚔️? ????? F’kn #AmateurHour # BeGon’Thot pic.twitter.com/Ua4p4moi8W
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 18, 2020