Dustin Poirier Says Money Offered To Fight Michael Chandler Was ‘Slap In The Face’
Dustin Poirier has revealed why he didn’t take a fight with Michael Chandler.
Poirier had been linked to a potential bout on the UFC 254 card. UFC President Dana White expressed interest in booking Poirier against Tony Ferguson on October 24. That plan went awry when Poirier and the UFC hit a snag during negotiations. “The Diamond” was then offered a fight with Chandler but Poirier wasn’t happy with getting less money than the newest addition to the UFC roster.
Speaking to ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani, Poirier said that for the money he was being offered, a fight with Chandler simply wasn’t going to happen.
“I would never count another man’s money, I hope Chandler makes a ton of money in the UFC, but the fact I’ve been in the UFC for 10 years … and the guy’s going to come in here and make more money than me, I understand it’s business, but if you want me to fight that guy, you have to step it up,” Poirier said. “That’s a slap in the face. I’ve shed too much blood in the Octagon.”
Chandler will be on standby for the main event of UFC 254. That card will be headlined by a title unification bout between UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. If either man is forced to pull out, Chandler will step in as a replacement.
Poirier was recently offered a rematch with Conor McGregor. “The Diamond” has expressed interest in the fight. McGregor says he’ll only accept the bout if it happens before 2020 comes to a close.