Michael Chandler Believes Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor Should Be For Lightweight Championship

Published 01/13/2021, 11:30 AM EST
SAITAMA, JAPAN – DECEMBER 29: Michael Chandler and Sidney Outlaw compete in the bout during the Bellator Japan – Fedor v Rampage at Saitama Super Arena on December 29, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)


Michael Chandler is gearing up for his UFC debut on Fight Island against Dan Hooker at UFC 257. He serves as the co-main event under Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Chandler has spoken about the fight with MMAJunkie and revealed a number of things.

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First, Chandler acknowledged the fact that Conor McGregor is easily the biggest draw in combat sports.

“Let’s call a spade a spade. Conor McGregor is the biggest combat sports icon out there right now. Bigger than any other name that could step inside of a cage, a boxing ring, a must Thai fight, a wrestling ring. Conor McGregor is the biggest name.”

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As a result of that, Chandler believes that it makes sense to have Conor and Poirier fight for the title if Khabib Nurmagomedov is out of the picture.

“To me, it makes a ton of sense if Khabib says that he isn’t coming back, they’ll just announce hey either Conor or Poirier. To me, it just makes sense. Poirier to me is one of the top guys, if not the top guy. After what we saw Gaethje lose as bad as he did to Khabib, which everybody loses to Khabib… Either way, there will be a lot of clarity after January 23rd.”

Michael Chandler: Right about Conor vs Dustin being a title fight?

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Michael Chandler has a lot of vested interest in the UFC figuring out what they are doing with their titles. After all, he has come in as an elite fighter from another promotion looking to win the UFC title. However, Khabib having the belt after announcing his retirement is still odd.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dustin is the most legitimate contender the UFC has. Not only did he win his last fight, but he also had the best showing in the three Khabib title defenses.

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Conor McGregor is the biggest star in combat sports, like Chandler said. The UFC should welcome the opportunity to crown him champion if he gets past Poirier. However, there may be forces at play that nobody knows about yet. However, putting the title on this fight would provide some much-needed clarity.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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