Chael Sonnen predicts Conor McGregor loss to Michael Chandler: 'You don't get higher at one thing by not doing it'

by Christina S. Brown
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Chael Sonnen sees Michael Chandler spoiling Conor McGregor’s comeback at UFC 303.

Chandler (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) welcomes McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) again to the octagon within the June 29 major occasion at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas (pay-per-view, ESPN, ESPN+).

Chandler has been coaching ever since McGregor’s title was delivered to the desk. McGregor has been busy selling his alcohol manufacturers, Cast Irish Stout and Correct No. Twelve, in addition to starring within the film “Highway Home,” earlier than absolutely shifting his focus to the combat.

Based mostly off of what he’s seen from Chandler and McGregor within the lead-up to the combat, Sonnen expects Chandler to be significantly better ready.

“Michael Chandler is (going to win),” Sonnen advised Bloody Elbow. “You have got probably the most disciplined man within the sport arguably, and you’ve got probably the most undisciplined man within the sport for certain. It’s a kind of conditions the place whenever you do that dialog, everybody’s going to be lazy like I’m going to be proper now and say, ‘Conor’s acquired a puncher’s likelihood and if Chandler stands up with him’ so on and so forth.

“I don’t know the place you get that concept, a puncher’s likelihood. I do know that’s one thing enjoyable folks say, however you’ve acquired to return to Michael Moorer dropping the belt to George Foreman. There’s no such factor as a puncher’s likelihood. The higher man wins, he wins each single time. Michael Chandler might go on the market and field with Conor at this level. You don’t get higher at one thing by not doing it.”

McGregor will compete for the primary time since breaking his leg in a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021. In the meantime, Chandler can be coming off a protracted layoff, most lately struggling a submission loss to Poirier in November 2022.

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