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Conor McGregor Next Opponent: Is Michael Chandler the Front Runner to Fight McGregor in 2022?

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor recently took to social media to confirm once again that he is not leaving MMA despite the brutal injury he suffered earlier this year against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Moreover, it feels like McGregor is putting on weight, hinting at a different physique once again ahead of his return to the Octagon. So who will be Conor McGregor’s next opponent in his return fight? 

McGregor has targeted mid-2022, and it goes without saying that he still has his eyes on the championship belt. The Notorious has gone on to say that he will get the title shot next. In a division where it’s getting tougher and tougher to determine the #1 contender since Khabib’s retirement back at UFC 264, it makes for an interesting argument.

Will the UFC give McGregor another shot at the title? It goes without saying, a lot would depend on the outcome of UFC 269, where Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier will share the Octagon for the UFC Lightweight Championship. 

 

A match-up with Charles Oliveira serves no purpose and is a nightmare match-up for someone like McGregor, who has been time and again criticized for his ground game. On the other hand, while the fourth fight with Dustin Poirier is exciting, McGregor fighting for the championship belt doesn’t make any sense. AT a time when Justin Gaethje and Islam Makhachev are having a war of words on Twitter over who should fight for the championship belt, not to forget Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lengthy explanation on why Makhachev deserves to fight for the title next. 

Conor McGregor should fight Michael Chandler in his return fight in 2022

Conor McGregor should fight Michael Chandler in his return fight in 2022. Chandler called out McGregor following his epic war with Justin Gaethje back at UFC 268. Surprisingly enough, McGregor showed his interest as well, all the while congratulating him for his performance. Chandler vs McGregor is made for the PPV. It’s an exciting match-up and one that has “fireworks” written all over it. 

While it not only saves McGregor from the criticism that might come his way if he fights for the title next, it will also allow fans to witness McGregor go up against a fresher opponent. While McGregor vs. Justin Gaethje is equally exciting, it’s hard not to deny Gaethje a title shot after his incredible performance at UFC 268. Additionally, should Poirier get a win over Oliveira for the championship belt, a rematch between Poirier and Gaethje is a “Fight of the Year.”