Is Michael Chandler setting up to be Conor McGregor’s next opponent?

Since his brutal front-kick knockout of Tony Ferguson, the MMA world has been talking about Michael Chandler.

The former three-time Bellator lightweight champion is now a household name in the UFC's lightweight division and is now on the lookout for another big fight.

Chandler took to the microphone after his aforementioned knockout of Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 to call out the pinnacle of the UFC's lightweight rankings - including the 'notorious' Conor McGregor.

Following the fight, Chandler screamed, "If Hunter Campbell and Dana White have a momentary lapse in judgement and they give the title shot to someone else, I've got one dude on my mind.

"Conor McGregor, you've got to come back and fight somebody. I am the most entertaining lightweight on the planet. But I want to up the stakes, Conor.

"I want you at your biggest, I want you at your baddest and I want you at your best. You and me at 170 this summer, this fall, this winter. Holler at your boy!"

Now, this proposal would mean an increase in weight for both men.

Both McGregor and Chandler are regulars at lightweight (155), but they have previously competed at welterweight (170).

McGregor has fought Diaz twice at the weight while Chandler competed at welterweight back in 2010.

Conor McGregor is plotting a return with November 12 the expected date

McGregor himself entertained the idea of a welterweight matchup with Chandler on Twitter following the fight.

"I'd have a nice knock off this guy, no doubt about it. A firework spectacle. I like the 170 shout also," McGregor tweeted.

"I'm definitely game to fight this guy at some stage in my career. I see it happening after tonight. Congrats on a solid win Michael and another barnstormer".

Reports suggest the pair could meet on November 12 at Madison Square Garden although Dana White is yet to respond to the speculation.

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