Conor McGregor height: Does the former UFC champion have a height advantage over Michael Chandler?
Conor McGregor hasn't competed in a professional MMA bout since his lightweight matchup against Dustin Poirier that transpired in July 2021. McGregor suffered a horrific leg injury in that fight and lost via first-round TKO (doctor's stoppage). 'The Notorious' has been working towards his recovery and comeback ever since.
The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion is expected to make his long-awaited return to the octagon later this year. McGregor recently completed filming season 31 of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show alongside fellow lightweight Michael Chandler.
McGregor and Chandler will be seen as rival coaches on TUF. Additionally, they'll face one another inside the octagon, likely in a welterweight bout that could possibly take place in September. As of this time, neither the weight nor the date for the matchup has been officially announced.
With regard to how they match up against each other, Conor McGregor appears to have a height and reach advantage over 'Iron.' In the tale of the tape segment shown before every UFC fight, McGregor's height is generally listed as 5'9", while his reach is 74 inches.
Meanwhile, Michael Chandler's height is usually shown as 5'8", whereas his reach is 71.5 inches. With that being said, the tale of the tape statistics might vary from time to time and could also be slightly inaccurate in reality.
Conor McGregor has competed in three weight classes in his MMA career thus far - namely at featherweight (145 pounds), lightweight (155 pounds), and welterweight (170 pounds). Chandler, for his part, has fought in the lightweight and welterweight divisions.
Both athletes are well-known for their ability to cut large amounts of weight. Ergo, which of them would have a weight advantage on fight night is anyone's guess.
Michael Bisping explains why Michael Chandler will likely defeat Conor McGregor
Speaking to James Lynch, Michael Bisping recently weighed in on the potential McGregor vs. Chandler matchup and picked Michael Chandler to win. The MMA fighter-turned-analyst explained that Conor McGregor's lavish lifestyle, lengthy hiatus from MMA competition, and lack of training would probably hurt him.
Michael Bisping acknowledged the errors in Michael Chandler's defensive striking, adding that Conor McGregor has incredible KO power and could catch 'Iron.' Regardless, he indicated that Chandler is a tremendous athlete and trains every day. Expounding upon why Chandler would defeat McGregor when they eventually fight, 'The Count' said:
"Chandler -- Just simply inactivity from Conor. The performances [by McGregor] haven't been what they used to be. He broke his leg last time out. He's enjoying the fruits of his labor, and rightly so. He's achieved wild success. So, why shouldn't he enjoy that? But that isn't always conducive to a great fighting career."
Watch Bisping's assessment at 0:08 in the video below: