Former UFC lightweight interim champion Dustin Poirier vs 155-pound frontrunner Michael Chandler could be next on the books.
Chandler, who has held the Bellator Lightweight Championship multiple times, spoke to the media in London, England, a few weeks after his altercation with “The Diamond” on the Octagonside at UFC 276 on July 2.
During Saturday’s scrum at the O2 Arena, “Iron” confirmed his interest in finally meeting Poirier in the cage and said fans could expect “fight news coming pretty soon” about the potential match-up.
“Right now, me and Poirier are the only guys who aren’t in the top five,” Chandler said. “There is no secret that Dustin Poirier and I were on a collision course to enter the octagon.”
“I think you’re going to be hearing some fight news pretty soon, and it could be me and Dustin Poirier, we’ll see,” Iron continued.
Although Chandler has continued to express his interest in fighting Conor McGregor, it’s unclear when the Irishman will return to the cage. And Chandler said he won’t wait for Notorious.
Earlier that day, Poirier had answered a fan’s question about when he wanted to fight next. The diamond tweeted: “September, October, November @ufc ????”
Poirier has made it clear in recent months that he is ready to fight anyone who makes sense. After Chandler shared with the media that it appeared the promotion was on his way to himself against The Diamond, Poirier took to Twitter to retweet Chandler’s comments, which is a key indicator that he’s fighting against his rival is all-in.
See the Fight Disciples tweet below, which Poirier retweeted:
During his UFC interview in London, Chandler said Poirier held “some resentment” against him, which he says spurred the viral incident that took place in Las Vegas earlier this month. But Chandler doesn’t give The Diamond a lot of room in his head.
“In his mind he holds a bit of a grudge against me, if you will, and it will make it a lot easier to take him out if he goes too far when he and I step into the octagon, but I haven’t lost a minute of sleep myself.” think about Dustin Poirier and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing until the fight is announced and then I’m going to go out there and finish off my next opponent and be next year’s UFC champion,” Chandler said of MMA Junkie.
Chandler is 2-2 as a UFC fighter. He bounced back from back-to-back losses in May at UFC 274 when he landed arguably the best KO of 2022 so far, heading Tony Ferguson into oblivion.
Currently ranked No. 5 in the division, he is on a campaign to earn another shot at undisputed Promotional Gold.
Wild recognizes wild, and that’s the case with Poirier and Chandler, Iron said. And when they collide in the cage, Chandler expects fireworks.
“It’s going to be fun for you guys, it’s going to be fun for me, it’s not going to be fun for my wife,” Chandler said. “But I think he and I are cut from the same cloth. All personal attacks aside, all personal vendettas aside, I respect him, he respects me.”