UFC is reportedly considering former Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler as the possible opponent for Tony Ferguson at UFC 254.
Ferguson was all set to contest against Dustin Poirier at the event, but UFC and Poirier couldn’t come to terms on a deal that has put the match on hold.
“One name that has been discussed [to fight Tony Ferguson] is free agent Michael Chandler. The UFC is in advanced talks with Chandler, per sources, and is the front-runner to sign him, though a deal isn’t finalized just yet. It’s unclear if Ferguson is interested in that fight.”
Chandler last appeared on Bellator 243 where he knocked out Benson Henderson. He hasn’t signed a deal with any company post-that, and according to ESPN, he is the front-runner for the Ferguson matchup.
UFC President Dana White had confirmed on the post-press call of the Vegas 10 fight that the company is in talks with Chandler for a possible contract.
“We’ve talked to (Michael) Chandler, yeah. “Yeah, I like him, I like the kid so, we’ll see.”