The knockout of Michael Chandler Tony Ferguson did not become less spectacular.
Chandler was on edge and in need of a big win when he faced Ferguson at UFC 274 in May. Three-time former Bellator lightweight champion Chandler suffered two losses at the hands of Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. approached the tournament, and a third loss in a row could have been disastrous for his UFC title hopes.
Ferguson also felt no better. After a long reign as one of the best lightweights in the world, El Cucuy lost three fights in a row to Gaethje, Oliveira and Beneil Dariush ahead of the Chandler fight.
Both men were under pressure.
And Chandler seized the moment with one of the most brutal knockouts of 2022.
Watch Chandler’s handmade replay ahead of his UFC 281 fight against Dustin Poirier on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.