Michael Chandler knocks Tony Ferguson unconscious at UFC 274


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Michael Chandler needed a win at UFC 274, and he got it in absolutely spectacular fashion with a knockout over one of the most enduring fighters in UFC history.

Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson was one of the most anticipated matchups on Saturday night inside the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. That says a lot about the reputations of both men considering they entered the fight with a combined 0-5 record in their last five fights.

The fight had an air of urgency because everyone really needed a W and it showed right away because there was no feeling process in the fight. Ferguson used his patented pressing style and unorthodox striking while ‘Iron’ looked to counterattack with his explosive power.

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As the first round played out, the momentum was behind Ferguson as his opponent struggled to deal with the odd techniques displayed by ‘El Cucuy’. At one point, the former lightweight champion landed a knockdown that sent Chandler teetering. Luckily for the three-time Bellator champion, he was able to recover quickly and even used his skillful wrestling to take control of the action.

Michael Chandler decimates Tony Ferguson at UFC 274

The first round ended with Chandler scoring as he controlled his opponent on the mat. When the fight resumed in the second, however, it didn’t last very long. Fifteen seconds into the round, Chandler landed a front kick that landed squarely on Ferguson’s chin and put him to sleep instantly. The man who was once the division’s boogie man was left face down and lying down for several minutes.

  • Michael Chandler record: 22-7 (10 KOs, 7 submissions)

It was an absolutely shocking visual to see one of the most enduring competitors in UFC history completely decimated in one fell swoop. Especially in a fight where he was doing well.

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The win ended Chandler’s losing streak and put him back in the hunt for the UFC lightweight division title. Unfortunately for Ferguson, the loss extended his losing streak to four and put a final nail in the coffin of his days of top-10 relevance at lightweight.

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