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Michael Chandler flew all the way to Abu Dhabi just to make weight and go home.
That’s according to reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who doesn’t think the former Bellator MMA 155-pound titleholder needs to be serving as backup for the UFC 254 pay-per-view (PPV) main event.
“Thank you Michael Chandler, go home and fight with some other fighters,” Nurmagomedov told Aaron Bronsteter. “He’s not high-level championship fighter in UFC. Two fights ago he lose in other organization, featherweight, he knock him out. He have to show the world he can fight for the title. Fight with someone from Top 5 in UFC and then we gonna talk about him.”
Nurmagomedov (28-0) defends his lightweight strap against interim division titleholder Justin Gaethje (22-2) this weekend on “Fight Island.” A victory over “The Highlight” is likely to earn “The Eagle” something special, according to promotion president Dana White.