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Michael Chandler backs himself against Conor McGregor

Michael Chandler thinks he would be a "nightmare" for Conor McGregor.

The fighter is due to make his debut in the UFC later this month and is already setting his sights on a duel with 'The Notorious' and revealed that he would fancy his chances against McGregor.

Chandler told ESPN: "Of course I want my name in that storyline. Of course, I want my name attached to his.

"Of course I want that possible fight. Do I think I match up extremely well against Conor? Absolutely.

"With my wrestling background, plus the power in my hands, plus my ability to mix up the striking with the takedowns, plus my ability to push the pace, I think I am a nightmare for Conor, but I respect what Conor is doing. I think Conor is continuing to come into his own."

Chandler will make his debut in the octagon against Dan Hooker and is looking forward to the fight on January 23.

He said: "I welcome all the trash talk. All the belittling. All the name calling. But it really doesn’t matter. Once you step in that cage and the octagon door locks, it’s going to be 15 minutes of may the best man win and I’m excited to go out there and test my skills and I’m ready to go out there and prove that I deserve to be in the upper echelon of the UFC lightweight division and a guy who should be stepping into a title shot in 2021."

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