UFC legend Tito Ortiz says “it doesn’t make sense” that Conor McGregor’s comeback fight is against Michael Chandler.
“Notorious” is currently in the process of regaining his full fitness and is expected to return to the octagon later this year after fracturing his tibia and fibula at UFC 264 in July 2021.
Chandler, who was a three-time champion with Bellator, impressed Ortiz and just about every MMA fan when he knocked out Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 last month.
“One of my favorites to watch right now, I have to say Michael Chandler. Just the turnaround in his career has been incredible. It shows that hard work really pays off,” Ortiz told reporter Helen Yee.
After the fight, Chandler expressed his willingness to move up to welterweight for a fight with McGregor, who seemed open to the idea when he answered the call.
However, Ortiz thinks the former two-weight UFC champion would be making a big mistake if he decides to face Chandler in his first fight after injury.
The 47-year-old fears that McGregor’s wrestling shortcomings, which were exposed in his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, could be exploited by the talented wrestler like Chandler.
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“It doesn’t make sense to Conor McGregor,” Ortiz said.
“I mean, Chandler is a wrestler who can punch. That’s not Conor’s strength. I think Khabib [Nurmagomedov] really showed that and what it can do with it. [Dustin] Poirier showed what he can do with wrestling too, with striking.
Although he’s worried about McGregor’s ability to mix him up with top wrestlers, Ortiz is impressed that the 33-year-old is even trying to make a comeback.
“For Conor to come back after the injury he suffered, I have nothing but respect for the guy,” he said. “The guy has a steel rod in his leg and he still wants to come back and keep competing after all the money he’s won.”