Michael Chandler knows Tony Ferguson is dangerous, but he expects to overwhelm him.
Chandler (22-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is projected to be facing former interim lightweight champion Ferguson (25-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC) next. Both men will be looking to snap their current losing skids.
Coming off a Fight of the Year barnburner against Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 this past November, Chandler thinks he’ll be a step ahead of Ferguson no matter where the fight goes.
“I think my biggest advantage, I think I’m just basic and I’m going to keep a high pace … we know Tony can keep a high pace, but I think it’s going to be a little bit sharper,” Chandler told CBS Sports. “I think my power is going to be a lot for him. I think I’m going to have a speed advantage and an athleticism advantage. I think I’m good in all the areas that Tony is good at. I think he’s got very slick jiu-jitsu. I have yet to ever be caught in a submission, so I don’t see Tony catching me in anything like that. But he is very dangerous on the ground. I think his biggest attribute, his biggest strength and the thing that people fear the most is he’s got a little bit of a screw loose.
“That’s what excites everybody about these matchups. You never know what you’re going to get whenever Tony steps into the octagon – whether reaching down, throwing imaginary sand in your face or he’s doing spinning elbows and spinning kicks and knees and all kinds of stuff. He’s just unpredictable, so you’ve got to expect the unexpected when you’re fighting Tony Ferguson. He’s a hard guy to prepare for. Therefore, it’s going to be a very interesting training camp: Try to keep it light, have a little bit of fun and show up on fight night and hopefully get a finish.”
Chandler’s fight with Ferguson is yet to be made official, but the former title challenger hopes the matchup is finalized soon and that he gets to compete by summer.
Michael Chandler: Tony Ferguson has ‘a little bit of a screw loose,’ but my power will be a lot for him