Final Combating Championship (UFC) is about to search out out if former Bellator MMA light-weight champion Michael Chandler can cling with the promotion’s elite, beginning with his Dan Hooker showdown at UFC 257 on Jan. 23 in Abu Dhabi.
But when matchmakers had their first decide, “Iron” would as an alternative be throwing fingers with surging light-weight contender Charles Oliveira. Sadly, “Do Bronx” was unable to make the burden on quick discover and was compelled to say no.
On the plus facet, the Brazilian stays within the 155-pound title hunt.
“We supplied him this struggle (with Chandler) however he couldn’t make weight, so you’ll be able to’t blame the man for that,” UFC President Dana White informed The Mac Life. “Take a look at Oliveira. I imply, take a look at what this man has carried out. Coming off that efficiency that he simply placed on over Tony (Ferguson), it’s onerous to miss him.”
Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC) has received eight straight with seven finishes.
Assuming Khabib Nurmagomedov vacates his title and retires from competitors, the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier — who collide in the UFC 257 pay-per-view (PPV) main event — is anticipated to maneuver on to face one other high contender for the light-weight strap.
That might be Oliveira, or it might be No. 1-ranked Justin Gaethje. Chandler will in all probability be within the combine as properly with a dominant efficiency in opposition to Hooker. Maybe that tournament proposal from “Iron” wasn’t such a foul thought in spite of everything.