‘Dustin Poirier Has Dismissed Me Since Day One’- Michael Chandler Reveals Why There’s a Beef Between Him and Dustin Poirier

Published 12/22/2021, 7:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker during the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Michael Chandler holds a grudge against Dustin Poirier. Chandler made his UFC debut in January 2021. The former three-time Bellator lightweight champion took on Dan Hooker for his debut fight and he immediately made an impact. ‘Iron’ came out in attack mode and won the fight via TKO in the first round. His win over a very tough Hooker got the MMA community talking.

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However, not everyone was impressed with his debut, including Dustin Poirier. In a recent interview, Chandler talked about how Poirier has dismissed him since day one. He said, “You never quite know how deep a choke is and I think there’s always a little bit more fight left before a tap could happen. I will admit, maybe I was a little too harsh, maybe the word quit was not the right word to use.”

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“But I also think Dustin Poirier has dismissed me since day one. I don’t think Dustin Poirier is a bad guy, I don’t think he thinks I am a bad guy. But as a competitor, he called me and Charles fighting fool’s gold. He dismissed saying he wouldn’t fight me in the UFC even after I knocked out Dan Hooker.”

“So, he was just a little bit more dismissive of me. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I think he’s actually a great guy. He’s a phenomenal ambassador of the sport. But he and I, when it comes to the competition aspect of us both being fighters inside the same division. I think we both have a bone to pick with each other. I will admit, I will concede maybe using the word quit was a little bit harsh, especially against one of the good guys.”

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Michael Chandler vs. Dustin Poirier – A possible matchup

Ever since Chandler has made his debut in the UFC, he has fought some of the biggest names in the lightweight division. He is currently 1-2 in his UFC career. However, all of those fights have been a must-see. His last fight was against Justin Gaethje. Both men went to war at UFC 268 and produced possibly the Fight of the Year. Unfortunately for Chandler, he came out on the losing end.

After going through a war with ‘The Highlight‘, Chandler had to get medical attention and will be out for some time. However, that has not stopped him from calling out fighters for his next fight. And the name on top of his list is Conor McGregor. Both men have shared tweets back-and-forth teasing a future matchup. However, ‘Notorious’ is currently on the sidelines due to an injury and won’t be back till mid-2022.

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However, there is one guy that might be available for a fight soon. Dustin Poirier is just coming off a loss in a title fight against Charles Oliveira. Chandler has talked about how ‘The Diamond’ was dismissive of him when he made his debut, and with Poirier now out of the title picture for a while, UFC can look to make this fight.

Poirier and Chandler are two of the hardest hitters in the lightweight division, and it will get the fight fans excited.

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What do you think of the comments made by Chandler towards Poirier? Would you like to see them fight in the future? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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