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Israel Adesanya advises Michael Chandler to book another fight because Conor McGregor ‘will always be there’

Israel Adesanya advises Michael Chandler to book another fight because Conor McGregor ‘will always be there’

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya isn’t advising Michael Chandler to completely switch from Conor McGregor, just take a short detour.

Chandler will not face McGregor in the main event of UFC 303 on June 29 after the latter suffered an undisclosed injury. While there is hope the match can be re-booked for later this year, no guarantees have been made. So Adesanya — who challenges Dricus du Plessis for the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 305 on Aug. 17 — suggests Chandler return to the Octagon to face another opponent because the former Bellator champion can take his can have the cake and eat it too.

“I think this fight is going to happen regardless,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “Chandler should wrestle (for now), and that’s even better for him — win or lose — because he’s still going to get more reps. Take a fight regardless. That fight with Conor will always be there because they both faced each other (as trainers) on (The ultimate fighter). Beef, all the other stuff sprinkled throughout.

“So yes, that already exists. So take another fight, I guess. Yes.”

UFC CEO Dana White said that if Chandler wants to compete before McGregor is ready to return from injury, he will make it happen. “Iron” seems determined to want to wait McGregor out, as he’s been engaged in the pot since they trained him. TUF 32 against each other in 2023. Chandler has not competed since suffering a submission loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281 in November 2022.

It was an even longer layoff for McGregor as he was set to return for the first time in just under three years after suffering a nasty leg injury in his UFC 264 TKO loss to Poirier in July 2021.