UFC legend Tito Ortiz says ‘it doesn’t make sense’ for Conor McGregor’s comeback battle to be in opposition to Michael Chandler.
‘Infamous’ is presently working his approach again to full health and is anticipated to return to the octagon later this 12 months 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 each MMA fan when he knocked out Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 final month.
“Considered one of my favorite ones to observe proper now, I’d need to say Michael Chandler. Simply the turnaround in his profession has simply been superb. It reveals that tough work actually does pay” Ortiz informed journalist Helen Yee.
Publish-fight, Chandler expressed his willingness to leap as much as welterweight for a battle with McGregor, who appeared to be open to the concept when he responded to the decision out.
Nevertheless, Ortiz thinks the previous dual-weight UFC champion can be making an enormous mistake if he determined to face Chandler in his first battle again from harm.
The 47-year-old worries that McGregor’s wrestling deficiencies, which had been on show in his battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov, can be exploited by the gifted grappler like Chandler.
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“It doesn’t make sense for Conor McGregor,” Ortiz mentioned.
“I imply, Chandler is a wrestler who can strike. That’s not Conor’s power. I feel Khabib [Nurmagomedov] actually confirmed that and what he can do with it. [Dustin] Poirier confirmed what he can do with wrestling additionally, with putting.”
Regardless of worrying about McGregor’s capability to combine it with the perfect wrestlers, Ortiz is impressed by the very fact the 33-year-old is even making an attempt to make a comeback.
“For Conor to return again after the harm he had, I’ve nothing however respect for the man,” he mentioned. “The man has a metal rod in his leg and he nonetheless needs to return again and nonetheless compete after the entire cash he did make.”