UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler isn’t happy with Conor McGregor and Petr Yan’s recent friendly face-off.
Chandler and McGregor, who served as coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter 31, were supposed to fight this year, but due to USADA’s refusal to grant the Irishman a special exemption to bypass the mandatory testing regulations, the fight will now likely take place at UFC 300 in 2024, although it’s up in the air for now.
With no official fight date in place, McGregor can roam around freely without having to stick to training. Last weekend, he was invited to an IBA boxing event in Dubai, where he had a friendly face-off with former UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan.
Conor McGregor and Petr Yan face off 👀pic.twitter.com/rASJ1bGr0e— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 9, 2023
Michael Chandler wasn’t impressed. The former Bellator lightweight champion took to ‘X’ to criticize McGregor, saying that he’d do anything to stay relevant.
“Looking for a 135er or preferably a 125er to face off with, on camera, at an obscure event…any takers? I need relevancy…”
Looking for a 135er or preferably a 125er to face off with, on camera, at an obscure event…any takers? I need relevancy…— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) December 10, 2023
McGregor last fought at UFC 264, where he lost to Dustin Poirier by a doctor’s stoppage after breaking his tibia.
Yan most recently fought Merab Dvalishvili at a UFC Fight Night, where he lost by a decision. The Russian was scheduled to fight Song Yadong on December 9 but had to withdraw due to an injury.
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