Michael Chandler, UFC’s lightweight challenger, has proven to be a very gritty person. Following his loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262, the 35-year-old is back in the gym preparing for an upcoming fight.
A motivated Chandler was seen on Instagram early Monday morning reviewing his condition and thanking his fans, friends, and family for their help.
He wrote, “Here we are, Monday morning. Hitting the ground, running, after a tough weekend, a tough loss, falling short. A great opportunity where we missed the mark. And that’s just the way life is. Sometimes life’s going to do you those kinds of things.
“You’re going to encounter scars and bruises, but the scars and bruises remind them that you’re still here. You still got a smile on your face and you’re still moving forward with complete disregard to previous failures and future opposition.
“I just want to thank you guys for being on this journey with me. I’m surrounded by a great, ridiculous support system and I love you guys so much for being part of that. The best is still yet to come as I said.
“I will wear that UFC strap before this career is over. The road back to the title starts today.”
When did Michael Chandler make his UFC debut?
Chandler got his shot at the title in his second UFC fight after a stellar debut with the promotion. Chandler placed the UFC’s lightweight division on alert after he knocked out Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257.
Though initial talk of a title match between Chandler and Dustin Poirier circulated, the chances of it happening seemed bleak at best. However, Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s unexpected retirement from the sport flung the door to the vacant title wide open.
Chandler believed it was his destiny to become a UFC champion before his title fight against Charles Oliveira. While the former Bellator champion had some success in the first round, a sharp left hook in the second round sent him to the canvas.
Oliveira took advantage of the chance to finish Chandler on the ground as soon as he smelled blood.
Despite his disappointment at the loss, Chandler seemed to make no excuses for his flaws. He seems to be right back on track for a UFC title after returning to his normal training routine and taking the weekend off to recover.
Who do you think will be Chandler’s next opponent? Will a rematch with Justin Gaethje do the trick? Tell us what you think in the comments section!