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Chandler has to knock out Conor McGregor early to win

Arman Tsarukyan thinks Michael Chandler’s thirst for struggle will probably price him towards Conor McGregor.

Chandler (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) welcomes McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) again in a welterweight bout, which headlines UFC 303 June 29 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas (pay-per-view, ESPN, ESPN+). McGregor will return from an virtually three-year lengthy layoff after breaking his leg in July 2021.

Chandler’s two most up-to-date losses got here to Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. Chandler had his moments, however was in the end outlasted in all-out wars. Tsarukyan expects the identical strategy from him towards McGregor.

“He by no means makes use of his mind,” Tsarukyan stated on the “Imagine You Me” podcast. “He all the time fights for the followers. He’s going to attempt to knock him out as a result of he’s so harmful within the first spherical. He can end Conor within the first spherical.

“If it’s going to be second spherical or third spherical, he’s going to lose the struggle. He has to knock him out within the first spherical or he’s going to lose that struggle. I really feel like Conor, his conditioning is best and he’s smarter than Chandler.”

Tsarukyan (22-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Chandler have not too long ago gone back-and-forth. Chandler criticized Tsarukyan’s determination to show down a short-notice title struggle towards light-weight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 on June 1, and Tsarukyan fired again. Tsarukyan defeated former champion Charles Oliveira two weeks in the past at UFC 300 to cement himself as No. 1 contender.

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