Dana White dismisses talk of Michael Chandler fighting Conor McGregor in his UFC return: “I never said that, ever f**king once”

By Susan Cox - December 12, 2022

Dana White is dismissing talk of Michael Chandler fighting Conor McGregor in his UFC return.

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It is true that UFC President, Dana White made comments that the two fighters meeting up in the Octagon would be a ‘fun fight’. Also true is the fact that media outlets ran with the story which became Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA) will fight Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA) in his much anticipated return to the Octagon.

White, speaking at UFC 282’s post fight press conference had this to say about a potential match-up between Chandler and McGregor:

“I never said that, ever f***in’ once. This is what happens when you do interviews and people listen to your interviews.”

Continuing Dana White clarified his comments:

“They said, ‘So, if Conor McGregor came back right now, who would you be looking at as an opponent?’ I said, ‘Well, if he did, if that happened, and that scenario played out right now, Chandler would be a fun fight.’ Never f***ing once did I say Conor McGregor vs. Chandler. I don’t even know when Conor McGregor’s coming back. And this is why I don’t like to answer these kinds of questions. Because some f**king idiot somewhere on the Internet puts out that that’s what I said, and it’s not even remotely close to what I said.”

So White just shut down the story as fiction.

McGregor, 34, last entered the Octagon in July of 2021 at UFC 264 where he was defeated by Dustin Poirier (29-7 MMA). Following the bout, the Irishman required surgery to repair his broken leg and has since been recovering, rehabilitating and training. It is rumoured that McGregor is set to re-enter the cage in 2023, assuming he complies with 6 months of USADA drug testing.

Chandler, 36, also recently lost to Dustin Poirier this past November at UFC 281. ‘Iron’ has the not so impressive status of having 3 losses in his last 4 fights in the Octagon.

So with Dana White putting the rumour of a McGregor vs Chandler fight to bed, who would you like to see ‘Notorious‘ battle it out with for his return to the Octagon?

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