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Michael Chandler on UFC 303 vs Connor McGregor, why he wins this fight, being humbled through hard times & finding strength in his family and his true love raising his 2 sons

podcast June 8, 2024


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“Where we are right now, there’s a lot of speculation but the fight is on, it’s happening, June 29th, Me vs McGregor…it’s going to be his last fight.” Michael Chandler on UFC 303 vs Connor McGregor 

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The sports world is a buzz, asking, “Is the main event of UFC 303 between Michael Chandler and Conor McGregor still happening?” With a lot of noise and whispers around the status of the highly anticipated cage clash, Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down with Chandler, to get the answers we all want to know. Chandler, who has been waiting years for the opportunity to officially retire McGregor, opens up to the guys in a conversation covering the build-up to the fight, his confidence in defeating McGregor, as well as how becoming a father and his humble beginnings play a key factor in who he is today.

While the press conference in the lead-up to UFC 303 was abruptly cancelled, the guys ask about Chandler’s mindset with the looming uncertainty heading into the fight and the angst that comes with it. Chandler shares his take on McGregor’s persona, larger platform, and talks about the journey and his confidence being high as he has earned this opportunity and why he will undoubtedly be victorious. This segues into a larger conversation about his mental struggles during his career, where Ryan asks him to touch on how he bounced back from consecutive losses in Bellator and stayed focus through recent backlash from his response to a question about his two adopted children.

Chandler is known for his heart, and mentions his motivation from his wife, while also reflecting on what it is like raising two African-American boys. He opens up about his loyalty to his family and how he turns the pressure he feels inside the cage into the aggressive style of fighting that’s made him a household name and fan favorite.

Acknowledging the losses and difficult times, Chandler emphasizes the significance of turning negative experiences into positive outcomes, expressing extreme confidence that June 29th will be a well-deserved victory and the last time the world sees McGregor in the octagon. 

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