Michael Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) picked up arguably the best knockout of his career on Sunday.
The UFC lightweight contender and former Bellator champion brutally knocked out Tony Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) as part of the main card at UFC 274 in Phoenix, Arizona.
After a first-round battle, the official stoppage came just 17 seconds into second when the 35-year-old American delivered a football kick down the middle that connected flush with Ferguson.
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The former interim lightweight champion immediately fell to the canvas.
The victory ends a two-fight losing streak for Chandler, who had previously been beaten by main event fighters Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.
In the moments after the win, Chandler cut an incredible promo, calling on retired champion Conor McGregor to return to the octagon.
“I have a guy in mind, Conor McGregor,” he said.
“You have to come back and fight somebody and I’m the most entertaining lightweight on the planet.
“But I want to raise the stakes Conor. I want you at your peak, I want you at your worst, and I want you at your best.”
McGregor quickly responded on Twitter.
“I would have a good shot against this guy, no doubt about it. Fireworks. I also like the 170 shout. I knocked him down. I’m definitely ready to fight this guy at some point given of my career. I see it happening after tonight. Congratulations on a solid win Michael and another barnstormer,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Ferguson now finds himself at the lowest point of his career.
Coming off four straight defeats, including losses to Gaethje, Oliveira, Beneil Dariush and now Chandler, the 38-year-old’s last victory came in 2019.
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