Daniel Cormier: McGregor vs. Chandler Perfect for UFC’s First 165lb Title Fight

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Daniel Cormier: ‘Right place, right time’ for Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler to be UFC’s first 165lb title fight

Daniel Cormier recently advocated for the launch of a 165lb division in the UFC, suggesting that UFC 303 could be the perfect opportunity to kick off this new weight class. Speaking on the Good Guy/Bad Guy podcast with Chael Sonnen, Cormier highlighted the importance of timing in seizing opportunities in the fight game. He drew from his own experience, emphasizing how stepping in at the right moment propelled him into the title picture and ultimately led to his championship success.

Cormier proposed that if the UFC were to introduce a 165lb division, it should have a marquee name attached to it to draw attention. He suggested Conor McGregor as the ideal figurehead for this weight class, given his immense popularity and drawing power. Additionally, Cormier pointed out that fighters like Michael Chandler could benefit from being in the right place at the right time, potentially fighting for the inaugural “super lightweight” championship.

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Daniel Cormier (Credits: MMA Fighting)

While the UFC hasn’t introduced a new weight class since the women’s featherweight division, which was later closed after Amanda Nunes’ retirement, Cormier’s suggestion adds weight to the idea of expanding the weight divisions. McGregor’s upcoming fight against Chandler is set at 170lbs, marking his return to welterweight since his victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

Cormier’s remarks don’t necessarily hint at an imminent announcement from the UFC regarding a 165lb division, but they do underscore the potential significance of the McGregor vs. Chandler matchup beyond just bragging rights. The fight could serve as a precursor or catalyst for the establishment of a new weight class, especially if it garners substantial attention and generates excitement among fans and fighters alike.

Cormier’s advocacy for a 165lb division adds fuel to the ongoing conversation about weight class expansion in the UFC, and the outcome of high-profile fights like McGregor vs. Chandler could play a pivotal role in shaping the future landscape of the sport.


By Robert Jackson

An avid football fan (A red). And an Otaku by the definition of the word.

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