UFC superstar Dustin Poirier responded to Michael Chandler claiming their upcoming fight would be personal to him.
Poirier will face off against former UFC title challenger Chandler on the main card of UFC 281 in the promotion’s big return at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 12. Poirier, who has never suffered back-to-back defeats, goes into battle looking to get back to winning ways after a nearly year-long hiatus.
In an interview with Heavy ahead of his long-awaited Grudge Match with Chandler, CELSIUS-sponsored athlete Poirier shared his thoughts on Chandler’s recent comments, in which he implied that coming out for him wasn’t because of the opponent, but because of the situation would.
“No, it’s business,” said Poirier. “Obviously every fight throughout training camp is personal to a small percentage, the grind you put into it. We’re going to go out there and try to hurt each other, so this is personal, but this is business. I’ve been doing this for too long. I’m not getting carried away by any of this.”
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“We both bite and try to piss people off. We are similar there. I think our fighting styles are certainly very different.”
Before Chandler found his way into the UFC, his paths crossed with Poirier at a Bellator event. After he joined the promotion, the two were allowed to compete on the same evening and even had a brief chat. Poirier claims Chandler didn’t give him the same energy as in his media interviews, citing that he got into an altercation with him at UFC 276 in July.
“Honestly, I’m not sure. We will see. I don’t care about either. The thing with me and him at the event, whenever I’ve seen him and told him. I just had a few things I wanted to get rid of. Because he and I have spoken in person at events in the past. Once at a Bellator event, once at a UFC event, we both fought in Abu Dhabi.
“He was just a different person in person compared to interviews and all that stuff. So when I saw him again, it was the first time I’d seen him since. Me and he sat next to each other and talked. I just wanted to tell him what I think of him.”
Poirier is a longtime user of CELSIUS products and has given his opinion on the items he found best for his training.
“I like CELSIUS BCAA drinks, which I drink post-workout, but only on my fitness journey to lose weight and maintain weight,” Poirier said. “CELSIUS definitely helps me. I really think it boosts my metabolism and it has the perfect amount of caffeine not to make me jittery. It’s perfect man. The thing about CELSIUS is I used them before I was endorsed by the company or I started endorsement, I was a fan, my wife and I bought them at grocery stores.”
“I like the heat for a pre-workout,” Poirier added. “I do the heat, they have a little more caffeine and get you going. But these smaller CELSIUS, such as Arctic Vibe or Peach Vibe, can do just that for normal everyday life. I actually like cola.”