Dustin Poirier Can “Guarantee” He’s Not Fighting Michael Chandler Next
By FCF Staff
Michael Chandler made the most of his Octagon debut at UFC 257, by quickly finishing Dan Hooker. But, following Dustin Poirier’s electrifying win over Conor McGregor, ‘The Diamond’ dismissed the possibility of fighting Chandler next.
Heading into UFC 257, there was considerable talk the winners of the main event and co-headliner could fight for the lightweight belt next. While talking to the media following Saturday’s event, however, Poirier had this to say about fighting Chandler (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“I can guarantee I won’t be fighting Michael Chandler,” Poirier said. “They can do whatever they want with the division. I don’t really care. If something makes sense, then we’ll do it.”
“No disrespect to [Chandler], he seems like a good husband, a good father, he speaks well, has a lot of respect, carries himself very well. It’s not a knock against him. It’s just my feelings toward the division and the sport. I lost to Khabib, I came out and put on a ‘Fight of the Year’ for you guys, got my hand raised against a top-five opponent after that. Then I come in there and Khabib doesn’t want to come back, then I knock out one of the biggest fights you can get. I knock this guy out, too.
“Khabib reiterates he doesn’t want to fight any more – dude, I’m the champ. I’m not going to fight, some – and like I said, respect to Chandler – a new guy to the UFC who just beat a guy that’s coming off a loss that I just beat for the belt. That’s not exciting to me.”
Poirier (27-6) also argued that Charles Oliveira (30-8), who is coming off a dominant win over Tony Ferguson and has won eight straight, is more deserving of a title shot than Chandler (22-5).