I’ve been offered Makhachev in October – Chandler

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler says he has been offered a fight against UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev in October but is prioritising a September bout with Conor McGregor, if he is fit.

American Chandler, 38, was set to face McGregor at UFC 303 last week but the matchup was cancelled after the 35-year-old Irishman pulled out with a broken toe.

Chandler challenged McGregor to a rescheduled contest at Noche UFC on 14 September at the Sphere in Las Vegas.

“I’ve been offered Islam Makhachev in October – but if Conor McGregor’s little pinky toe is ready by September, let’s do Sphere,” said Chandler on X., external

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Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor insisted he would be back soon following his injury, but UFC president Dana White said he was unsure if McGregor will return.

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McGregor added he was in “deep mental pain” watching UFC 303 unfold without him, as Alex Pereira defended his light-heavyweight title against Jiri Prochazka.

Chandler has not fought since defeat by Dustin Poirier in November 2022, in anticipation of fighting McGregor.

A fight with Russian Makhachev would represent his second attempt at a UFC title after losing to Charles Oliveira in 2021.

Makhachev, 32, defended his belt against Poirier last month, while lightweight number one contender Arman Tsarukyan is currently serving a nine-month ban for an altercation with a fan.

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