Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler are officially confirmed to face-off at UFC 281 in Madison Square Garden.
The winner of this contentious matchup could be in line to challenge the Oliveira/Makhachev winner for the lightweight championship.
It is unclear if the contest will be the main event of the night, however, non-title fights have been the main event before, as was the case in the 2019 fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz for the improvised BMF belt.
Both Poirier (28-7, 15 KO’s) and Chandler (23-7, 11 KO’s) have history, with each fighter calling the other out on multiple occasions, even getting into an altercation at UFC 276.
This fight will come as Chandler comes off the heels of his last fight at UFC 274 where he knocked out Tony Ferguson in the second round, while Poirier is coming off a loss to Charles Oliveira in December.
With these two fighters being in the top of the lightweight division, this matchup is expected to be a crowd pleaser.