Dustin Poirier Suggests Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler For UFC Title
Dustin Poirier has suggested a UFC Lightweight Championship match between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.
Poirier has found himself in prime position for a title bout. “The Diamond” shared the Octagon with Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257. McGregor was stopped via TKO in the second round.
While Poirier is in the driver’s seat for the next crack at UFC gold, he doesn’t like the idea of fighting Chandler for the lightweight title if it becomes vacant. Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, “The Diamond” said he’d step aside for Oliveira vs. Chandler if the UFC insists on having Chandler in the next title fight.
“I want to be the world champion, and Charles is a guy that’s paid his dues. He’s earned where he’s at, no doubt about it. Let him and Chandler fight for the belt. If they want Chandler in there for the title, and he’s calling for the title, let them fight for the belt. I’ll take a step back and just watch.”
Poirier is unsure of what the UFC has planned for him as he hasn’t contacted anyone to get a sense of what’s on the horizon.
“It’s tough to call. I don’t know what they’re saying behind closed doors. And I haven’t been reached out yet by the UFC or by Conor’s management about the trilogy fight. So I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I haven’t been reached out to the UFC about anything.”
Poirier has gone 7-1, 1 NC in his last nine outings. During that span, he’s beaten the likes of McGregor, Max Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, and Anthony Pettis.