Michael Chandler Questions Charles Oliveira’s Longevity Inside the Octagon Ahead of the Dustin Poirier Fight

Published 08/07/2021, 9:09 AM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (R-L) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Michael Chandler in their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier currently holds the #1 spot in the UFC lightweight rankings. He is likely to get a title shot against the current UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira. Regardless of this fight coming to fruition, several well-known UFC personalities have shared their opinion on the outcome of this title fight. One such person includes the former title challenger, Michael Chandler.

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After Khabib Nurmagomedov vacated the UFC lightweight title, Chandler and Oliveira clashed inside the octagon to claim the vacant title. The bout took place at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021, where fans witnessed ‘Do Bronx’ becoming the new UFC Lightweight Champion via a second-round TKO victory over Chandler.

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As he has already faced Oliveira, ‘Iron’ knows what type of fighter ‘Do Bronx’ is. Thus, he is the right person to analyze how Oliveira vs. Poirier would go. 

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In a recent interview with Helen Yee Sports, Chandler shared his point of view on the outcome of Oliveira vs. Poirier if it comes to fruition. He believes that ‘Do Bronx’ hasn’t been tested in a long-drawn battle.

‘Iron’ said – “I think they’re both well-rounded. I think Poirier’s got a little more of that, kind of that dog in him, when the fight gets into the thick of it. Obviously, Charles Oliveira beat me in the second round. Very soon into the second round. So, we didn’t really see a lot of longevity in a fight like that”. 

“We saw him go three rounds against Tony Ferguson, but that was much a one-sided affair. I think a fight with Dustin Poirier, he puts hands on him pretty solidly those first couple rounds and kind of starts to put it on Charles. I think Poirier wins that fight by the third, fourth-round finish. If they do go all five, Poirier wins the decision”. 

Michael Chandler on Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 4

Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor is one of the most talked-about rivalries in UFC history. The pair first clashed at UFC 178, where the ‘Notorious’ one emerged victorious via a first-round TKO. Then the rematch took place at UFC 257, where ‘The Diamond’ claimed a spectacular second-round TKO victory.

To finally put the rivalry to rest, the pair locked their horns at UFC 264. However, this highly anticipated trilogy fight ended with an anti-climactic outcome. The fight resulted in McGregor suffering a leg injury in the last few seconds of the first round. As a result, Poirier was declared the winner via TKO (doctor’s stoppage).

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Now, most of the MMA community wants to see Poirier vs. McGregor 4. In the same interview, ‘Iron’ also shared his view on this intriguing rivalry.

Chandler said – “Man, if I am Dustin Poirier, I am just waiting for Conor four, you know… If Poirier goes and wins the title, can Conor come right back and fight Poirier if he has the title? Crazier things have happened, you know. So, if I am Poirier, I am just waiting out and waiting for Conor four”.

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What do you make of what the former title challenger, Michael Chandler, had to say about Oliveira’s longevity? Do you think McGregor 4 is next for Poirier or will it be a title shot?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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