Conor McGregor called the 'biggest combat sports icon' by UFC's Michael Chandler who admits he wants Notorious showdownApril 5, 2021
UFC new-boy Michael Chandler has labelled Conor McGregor ' the biggest combat sports icon on the planet'.
The Notorious has been the face of mixed martial arts' premier promotion for the best part of six years.
And former Bellator lightweight king Chandler admits he'd love to share the cage with the former two-division champion, who is gearing up for a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.
When asked about Irishman's recent demand for a 'McGregor belt' to be made, Chandler told Helen Yee: “I love it, man.
“It’s Conor being Conor.
"Listen, I mean you can say what you want about Conor, but the dude’s the biggest combat sports icon on the planet.
"Not just right now, but he has been for a while and he will be for the foreseeable future.
"I don’t think (the McGregor belt) is going to happen. I think it’s kind of a cool idea."
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Chandler made his long-awaited UFC debut in January in the co-main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, where he recorded a stunning first-round KO victory over Dan Hooker.
Victory over the New Zealander earned Chandler a crack at the vacant lightweight title, which he and Charles Oliveira will vie for next month at UFC 262.
And the fan favourite is already thinking about his first title defence potentially being against McGregor.
He added:"I love the prospect of him beating Dustin Poirier and me putting my belt on the line in November or December, and him putting the Conor McGregor belt on the line in November or December.
"I’d love a patek rare belt sitting on my collection.
"I want to share the octagon with Conor McGregor sooner or later eventually before I retire, so we’ll see if it happens after I beat Charles Oliveira.
"How many fights it will take, we’ll see."
McGregor's blockbuster trilogy fight with Poirier, 32, is set to headline UFC 264 on July 10.
A venue for the mega-money fight, however, has not yet been announced, although the UFC brass are hoping to stage the bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor, 32, will bid to avenge the stunning second-round KO loss he suffered to The Diamond at UFC 257.
And Mystic Mac has vowed to brutally exact revenge on the former interim lightweight champion.
Last Saturday, Ireland's first UFC champion tweeted: "The fight is booked!
"July 10th you’re gonna see what the Mac is about. Adjust and f**king destroy."
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