Michael Chandler has rapidly constructed a name in the UFC for placing on some of the most remarkable fights in the advertising. But following slipping to Dustin Poirier in his most latest outing, his likelihood of turning into champion took one more sizeable strike.
When he very first signed as a no cost agent adhering to an illustrious job in Bellator MMA, Chandler was laser-focused on profitable a UFC title to cement his legacy as a person of the greatest lightweights in combined martial arts record. He’s due to the fact racked up four article-combat bonuses in 5 appearances get the UFC, nonetheless he also sports a 2-3 octagon document, with all three losses coming versus fighters now sitting forward of Chandler in the rankings.
UFC welterweight Matt Brown knows a matter or two about the expectations that comply with a popularity for supporter-helpful fights, but that comes at a expense — as Chandler has learned.
“He requires to correct his technique,” Brown reported about Chandler on MMA Fighting’s The Fighter vs. The Author. “In my particular type, that’s just how I combat. Which is how I beat guys. I go in, I wear them out, I make it a tough struggle, sort of a Dustin Poirier form of thing. We go in, we make it soiled, make it grimy, and men get worn out and overwhelmed by it.
“Now Michael Chandler, we get the sensation — at the very least me and you and the people watching — he does not have to do that. He is fighting for the followers. There’s fundamentally two distinct means to combat. Do you want to battle for the lovers or do you want to combat for on your own and earn?”
With his pedigree in wrestling and a strong floor-and-pound activity, Chandler has demonstrated dominance over opponents in quite a few earlier fights with no engaging in again-and-forth wars.
Of program, Chandler has been in loads of battles as perfectly — which include all 5 fights in the UFC — and that led to UFC president Dana White evaluating him to boxer Arturo Gatti, whose profession was outlined by placing on jaw-dropping, motion-packed wars.
Brown understands the comparison, but as a longtime boxing enthusiast, he also remembers that Gatti was a slugger who could take up a incredible total of punishment but confronted great odds when going up in opposition to the best of the finest through his career.
A excellent example arrived in 2005 when Gatti faced off with 28-calendar year-outdated Floyd Mayweather, who unleashed an definitely savage beating while out-landing Gatti 168 to 41 en route to a merciful sixth-spherical stoppage once the towel was thrown in by Gatti’s corner.
“Floyd pieced him up easily,” Brown stated about the battle. “That’s exactly it. Gatti by no means made those people competencies. That’s kind of the variation with Gatti and Chandler. I consider Chandler, as considerably of a compliment as it is to be in comparison to Arturo Gatti, [with] Chandler we see the potential to go out there and acquire titles. I consider most of us assume, we never know for absolutely sure, but we believe he in all probability could have overwhelmed Dustin Poirier with a clever method. But he’s taking part in Dustin Poirier’s strategy. He’s playing Justin Gaethje’s strategy when he does that.
“When he goes out there and wings it like that. Does that imply you’re likely to shed just about every time? No, because it functions for him a whole lot of periods as well, but what you are performing is you are actively playing those guy’s activity. Consider them out of their video game if you have the ability to do that. A great deal of men really don’t have the capacity to do that. There is fellas which is kind of what they are caught with.”
If Chandler is resigned to currently being an entertaining fighter inclined to toss warning to the gain every time out, he’ll continue to be a staple on pay-for every-views and continue earning praise for his performances, but that may cut down on his likelihood to develop into a UFC champion.
With eight put up-fight bonuses of his own, Brown appreciates Chandler’s model, but he also thinks the former Bellator champion could be the finest lightweight in the activity if he chose to combat a distinct way.
“What do we try to remember Gatti for? The wars. What do we keep in mind Mayweather for? Not any wars,” Brown said. “We try to remember him for piecing men and women up. That is my whole criticism below. Not to knock on Michael Chandler, like the dude and really like his type and really like everything about him. It is his occupation, he can do what ever he wishes. But what I see is the skill for him to go out there and be that dominant champion, and he just chooses not to.
“He chooses to be Arturo Gatti when he could be Floyd Mayweather. Regardless of whether that’s proper or wrong, we’ll have to see if he ever modifications up his fashion, but that’s what it looks to me is his own decision.”
Brown factors the exact finger correct again at himself for falling into those people tendencies during his very own vocation, exactly where he generally instances bought dragged into these epic wars.
Most likely that is accurately the legacy that Chandler wishes to depart behind, but Brown thinks he could execute a whole lot a lot more if he wished.
“People appreciate winners much more than they appreciate brawlers or something,” Brown claimed. “I could knock myself for this, far too. I almost certainly could have settled down several times and just picked persons apart or utilized a little bit of wrestling, but that’s what people are heading to bear in mind in the close — the winner. Which is why persons speak about Floyd so much, simply because he keeps profitable. What does Floyd communicate about all the time? How he wins. That’s all he delivers up. That’s what individuals are likely to treatment about.
“If you have the skill to do it and you are saying you want to be a winner, then go do that. You do not have to remember to any individual. Now if he wants to just go out and please the fans, that’s fine also. We love that. You are going to preserve having leading billings on pay back-for every-sights. You maintain putting on f****** astounding fights, Michael. We enjoy that. But you have bought to variety of make a decision your approach and what you want to get out of this.”