Michael Chandler is slated to make his UFC debut later this month when he meets Dan Hooker at the UFC 257 pay-per-view event.
Not only does the former Bellator champion want to win, but also make a statement in the co-main event of the January 23rd show. The reason is so perhaps he can get Khabib to come out of retirement and defend the lightweight title against.
Michael Chandler Looking To Make Statement In UFC Debut To Get Huge Fight
“I want to put a stamp on my introduction for who I am to the UFC fans by finishing Dan Hooker or dominating him,” Chandler said to MMA Fighting. “It really puts me in a position to where maybe I get the winner of Conor-Poirier or I get the next title shot against Khabib.
“I think if I go out there and showcase my wrestling skills, too. I mean there’s no doubt I want to go out there and knock Dan Hooker out, but I also want to show the world my wrestling skills. I want to put a stamp on good old fashioned American wrestling. Maybe I can entice Khabib to come back for the U.S. American wrestling versus Russian Sambo and see if he can get to 30-0 and beat me — if he can.”