Michael Chandler teases possible fight announcement with ‘thirsty’ Dustin Poirier, Poirier responds

Michael Chandler teases possible fight announcement with ‘thirsty’ Dustin Poirier, Poirier responds

Dustin Poirier might not be Michael Chandler’s first variety for his next opponent, on the other hand he’s conscious about he doesn’t have many various possible choices.

The UFC lightweight contender — No. 6 at 155 pounds in MMA Fighting’s World Scores — spoke to the media at the back of the scenes at UFC London on Saturday and he broke down his provide bout chances, which have been narrowed down with fellow contenders Charles Oliveira, Islam Makhachev, and Beneil Dariush booking fights.

Chandler knowledgeable TMZ Sports activities actions earlier this week {that a} fight with injured well-known individual Conor McGregor is inevitable, on the other hand Poirier may well be next.

“As of right now, me and Poirier are the only guys that aren’t matched up inside of probably the most smart 5,” Chandler discussed. “There’s no secret Dustin Poirier and I have been on a collision path to stepping inside the octagon. Beneil Dariush merely got matched up. Obviously, Islam and Charles are fighting. [Justin] Gaethje’s out with a nose surgical process and I merely fought Gaethje two fights prior to now. I consider everybody calling out Conor McGregor — and I have known as him out, on the other hand I’ve known as him out in a respectful manner. ‘Hi Conor, each and every time you’re able to come back again once more, each and every time you’re able, each and every time the leg is 100% healed.’ For the reason that recreation of mixed martial arts, the UFC as a promotion is more healthy with Conor McGregor in it, on the other hand we need to see a healthy Conor McGregor inside the octagon. He doesn’t need to rush once more, we’ll see when he comes once more.

“So I’m no longer in a position. I consider you’re going to pay attention to a few fight knowledge coming beautiful briefly and it may well be me and Dustin Poirier. We’ll see.”

MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco reached out to Poirier for statement, and Poirier discussed he has no knowledge of the bout changing into reputable anytime briefly.

“The golden boy perhaps is conscious about more than I do,” Poirier wrote in a text.

Talks of a Chandler-Poirier fight heated up after the two were enthusiastic about a heated disagreement at UFC 276. Video captured the two arguing cageside at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with protection having to separate the two. In step with Chandler, the incident was once as soon as started by means of Poirier.

“I walked down there with my surprising partner and we had our seats and we were walking over there, the protection guards came around there and basically discussed something to the affect of, ‘Hi, he’s no longer going to sit over there,’” Chandler discussed. “I thought, ‘OK, that’s interesting.’ Swiftly I heard some chirping, some very vile venom being spit in my trail. I didn’t know if that was once as soon as being thrown at me or no longer. I look over and Dustin Poirier’s pointing at me. He obviously had a bone to select with me that night time time, Dustin Poirier. It’s no secret. He’s made it very recognized that he’s able for a fight.

“He is thirsty, very, very thirsty for a fight. So he’s on the lookout for any person and everybody to throw venom at. I was the target that night time time and I was merely in quest of to look at some fights with my partner. For many who think that’s the easiest way that you simply’re going to get a fight with me, that’s the absolute opposite way of getting a fight with me. I’m no longer proper right here to be in physically altercations in a public dialogue board, in particular with my partner [there]. So yeah, he was once as soon as no longer happy with me that night time time.”

Chandler has lengthy long past 2-2 since turning into a member of the UFC in January 2021. The three-time Bellator lightweight champion has already fought Oliveira for a vacant UFC title and he remained in pageant with a Knockout of the twelve months candidate of Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 this earlier Would in all probability.

Poirier is a former duration in-between lightweight champion and while Chandler is eager to fight him, he views Poirier additional to be able to an end than a rival that will have to be treated.

“I consider there’s a lot of confusion that can happen inside of mixed martial arts careers,” Chandler discussed. “It doesn’t matter if you happen to’re the No. 1 guy on the earth or the No. 100 guy on the earth, a lot of confusion can happen.

“In his ideas he’s got some unwell will against me if you can and it’s going to make it that much more simple to knock him out each and every time he oversteps if he and I do step inside the octagon. I have no longer out of place one minute of sleep fascinated by Dustin Poirier and I’m going to stick on doing what I’m doing until a fight gets presented and then I’m going to move available in the market and finish my next opponent and transform the UFC champion next twelve months.”

Asked whether or not or no longer he was once as soon as annoyed by means of Poirier’s conduct, Chandler admitted that the position is atypical to him allowing for that he and Poirier appear to be at different stages in their careers. Each way, he’s hoping that any longer term interactions with Poirier are civil until they in fact will have to fight.

“I in reality idea Beneil Dariush being on the win streak that he was once as soon as, he was once as soon as in a No. 1 contender fight with him and Islam previous than he got injured,” Chandler discussed. “That was once as soon as the fight that I thought I need to will have to get me additional against the title than a person like Dustin who’s talking about retiring. He would in all probability have one foot out the door. He’s talking about going up to 170, he’s got one foot out the door at 155. Does he however have that itch that every one folks have? All folks wish to be champion, he’s merely in all probability in quest of to collect a paycheck. We don’t know. Alternatively yeah, it was once as soon as surely eye-rolling.

“No. 1, be a certified. Be a certified. We fight in a cage for money. We don’t need to get in a verbal altercation in front of my partner and in front of the fanatics there at T-Mobile Arena to end up that you simply’re a tough guy. Possibly he drank somewhat of bit additional sizzling sauce that night time time than he should have, on the other hand proper right here we are. Each way, eyes rolled, didn’t wish to fight him. If I have to fight him, if I in any case finally end up fighting him, he’s going to get knocked out.”

Watch Chandler’s whole UFC London scrum, courtesy of The Mac Existence:

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