‘It makes sense’ – UFC chief Dana White advises Conor McGregor to face Michael Chandler as Notorious plots injury return

DANA WHITE would love to see Conor McGregor fight Michael Chandler when Notorious returns from injury.

Irish star McGregor, 34, has not entered the Octagon since suffering from a horrific broken leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

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Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC since June 2021Credit: EPA
The Irishman broke his leg in a brutal loss to Dustin Poirier

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The Irishman broke his leg in a brutal loss to Dustin PoirierCredit: Getty
UFC kingpin Dana White says Conor's rehab is going well and he

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UFC kingpin Dana White says Conor’s rehab is going well and he’d ‘like to see him’ fight Michael ChandlerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Chandler beat Tony Ferguson in his last fight with one of the most iconic strikes in UFC history

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Chandler beat Tony Ferguson in his last fight with one of the most iconic strikes in UFC historyCredit: Getty

MMA kingpin White is confident the former lightweight champion is on the mend.

And he’d like McGregor to face the Missouri native once he’s back in shape.

Chandler produced one of the greatest saves of all time at UFC 274 when he put Tony Ferguson to sleep with a brutal front kick.

Talk to TMZWhite said: “I really like Chandler versus Conor after Chandler’s last fight.

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“There are plenty of fights to be had. I don’t know if this is the one.

“We’ll see what the landscape looks like when Conor comes back.

“I say right after his last [Octagon] interview, his last fight, Conor’s ranked number 8.

“[Chandler’s] ranked number 5. It makes a lot of sense right now.”

While White thinks McGregor could be ready to fight again from the fall.

He continued: “I think he’s getting better. He’s starting to step up his training.

“IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE”

“Hopefully end of this year, early next year.”

McGregor recently became one of three high profile names called out by rising UFC star Khamzat Chimaev.

The undefeated star is 11-0 after beating Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 and wants to fight McGregor, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.

Notorious continues to polarize opinion – even after being out of action for over 12 months.

He was named among the most hated fighters in the UFC, but also the third most loved along with Israel Adesanya.

Notorious was spotted in Monte Carlo earlier this summer for the Monaco Grand Prix and told fans about his rehab.

He told Sky Sports: “The body is fine. I’m here with my whole team.

“Obviously I’m taking advantage of the Monaco Grand Prix, then afterwards we’ll increase the training little by little.

“I should be able to kick now, I have another scan in the next few days and then I’ll be ready to kick.

“Once I can kick and grab, I’ll be back in no time. Boxing training is going well, strength training and that’s it. I’m excited to be back .”

Chandler is currently 5th in the lightweight rankings

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Chandler is currently 5th in the lightweight rankingsCredit: Reuters

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