Dustin Poirier Would “Step Back” For Michael Chandler – Charles Oliveira Fight
By FCF Staff
Following Dustin Poirier’s stoppage win over Conor McGregor last month, the former interim lightweight champ shot down the idea of fighting Michael Chandler next. Now ‘The Diamond’ is reporting that he would step back to face the winner of a title fight between Chandler and Charles Oliveira, if need be.
Chandler also fought at UFC 257 and took out top contender, Dan Hooker in the first round. After the card, UFC President Dana White said that a Poirier – Chandler fight could be next to determine the promotion’s new, lightweight champ.
Poirier, however, was quick to dismiss the idea of fighting Chandler, and he argued Oliveira is more deserving of a title shot. While speaking to MMA Junkie more recently, Poirier said this.
“I want to be the world champion, and Charles is a guy that’s paid his dues,” Poirier said. “He’s earned where he’s at, no doubt about it. Let him and Chandler fight for the belt. If they want Chandler in there for the title, and he’s calling for the title, let them fight for the belt. I’ll take a step back and just watch.”
The 32-year-old also repeated his contention that he’s the uncrowned champion of the division.
“I am the uncrowned lightweight champ. If Khabib’s out, I am the best in the division. Former interim world champion, former title challenger. I just took out a two-division former world champion. I am the champ. I know that.”
With his win at UFC 257, Poirier extended his overall record to 27-6, with 1 no-contest.