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Conor McGregor backed to get title shot if he puts away Michael Chandler

Conor McGregor would be right back in the UFC lightweight title race with a victory over Michael Chandler.

Or so says the fighter that could very well hold the lightweight title belt come Sunday, Alexander Volkanovski.
The Australian is gearing up for the biggest fight of his career against division champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 in Perth this weekend. Volkanovski - already the featherweight King - has the opportunity to write his name into the MMA history books as a two-division champion, a rare breed of fighter.

Given that UFC 284's main event pits the promotion's No.1 and No.2 pound-for-for-pound fighters against each other and with Volkanovski speaking at a media day, you'd expect the hype to be around the impending scrap. But McGregor still steals the limelight.

Media has been abuzz with the impending return of The Notorious, who is set to face the dangerous Chandler following the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter later this year. With his fights providing highlight reels for the ages, Chandler has arguably done enough to earn his red panty night with McGregor.

Fielding questions about McGregor's return, Volkanovski admitted that despite the Irishman's recent poor record (one win from his last four fights), a win over Chandler would put him right back in the conversation for a title fight at lightweight.

"For people to say 'he wouldn't deserve it' and 'there's no way they're going to do that', you're pretty crazy, right?" said The Great, eyeing his own red panty night with the UFC's cash cow.
"It's Conor McGregor, and if he takes out someone like Chandler, you know his name is going to be mentioned. You know people are going to be talking about him.
"It's good to look at because I plan on taking that lightweight belt and I'm looking at seeing what's happening in the division. There's a lot of potential matchups after this one, but obviously first, I've got to worry about what's in front of me."
Someone that agrees with Volkanovski is former UFC middleweight champion turned commentator Michael Bisping, who claims McGregor has lost none of his star power despite back-to-back defeats against rival Dustin Poirier, a broken leg and multiple run-ins with the law.
"If McGregor gets it done, will we see him fight for the title next? That is a given," Bisping said on his YouTube channel earlier this week.
"That is 100 percent. Just prepare yourself mentally for that. Regardless of whatever you think, he's the biggest star in the sport. He's a former two-weight division champion, and he's a person that people want to see fight.

"So, if he goes out there and beats Michael Chandler, who's one of the top-ranked lightweights on the planet, and he does it in exciting fashion, I'll be honest, I'd have no problem with him fighting for the belt. McGregor vs. Chandler, I'm excited. Take my money already."

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