Michael Chandler’s title bout strategy at UFC 262? ‘Pressure, position, and damage’ is a phrase used to describe the effects of pressure, position,
In only his second fight in the octagon, the former Bellator champion is aiming for greatness in the UFC.
Michael Chandler is laser-focused and confident as he prepares for the most important bout of his MMA career.
Chandler will fight Brazilian contender Charles Oliveira for the vacant undisputed UFC lightweight title at UFC 262 in Houston, Texas on Saturday night, in only his second UFC fight.
Chandler, a three-time former Bellator lightweight champion, set out the challenge before of him, then revealed how he planned to break down the guy with the division’s longest active winning streak and the most submission finishes in UFC history.
During the UFC 262 pre-fight news conference, he said, “I think Charles is probably the most dangerous man in the grappling department that I have fought.”
“However, when it comes to black belts, I’ve encountered some stiff competition.
“I prefer to use more pressure, position, and damage in my style.
“My wrestling, even in college, moving into mixed martial arts, is more of an anti-jiu-jitsu offense than a real wrestling offense,” he says.
“Whether you’re on the ground or on your feet, you’ll feel my presence, my pressure, and my power.
“So, whether we’re on our feet or on the ground, I think I’m going to thwart every attack, I think I’m going to make him second-guess himself in every single exchange, and that’s where we’re heading.
“On Saturday night, I’m going to raise my hand.”
Chandler may be fresh to the UFC, but he isn’t a rookie. The 34-year-old has a 22-win, 5-loss record in his career, with 17 triumphs coming inside the distance.
Chandler entered the UFC after winning Bellator’s 155-pound title three times. At UFC 257, he decimated Kiwi challenger Dan Hooker in barely half a round to proclaim his arrival as a serious threat to the title.
Chandler gave an emotional post-fight interview after his victory, calling for a rematch with then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
That matchup was never completed due to Khabib’s official retirement, but Chandler had done enough to earn a shot at the vacant title.
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