Michael Chandler Questions Why Dustin Poirier Doesn’t Want To Fight Him
Michael Chandler finds it odd that Dustin Poirier doesn’t want to share the Octagon with him.
Chandler and Poirier both competed in separate bouts on the UFC 257 card. Chandler scored a first-round TKO finish over Dan Hooker in the co-main event. In the headliner, Poirier finished Conor McGregor in their rematch via second-round TKO.
After the event, UFC President Dana White told media members that a potential clash between Chandler and Poirier for the UFC Lightweight Championship sounds appealing. Poirier caught wind of White’s comments and made it clear he doesn’t feel Chandler deserves the opportunity.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com‘s Damon Martin, Chandler said he doesn’t know what to make of Poirier’s resistance.
“I do think it’s a little bit weird. No matter what, who I was before UFC 257 is much different in the eyes of the fans, the media, the rankings than who I am now after UFC 257.
“With the dominant performance that I put on against a guy that I finished in two-and-a-half minutes that took him 25 minutes to win a decision against. But Dustin Poirier is a champion in his own right. I believe he should be one half of the lightweight title picture, and it just remains to be seen who it will be. Dana White came out right away and said, ‘Man, Chandler’s performance, Poirier’s performance, seems like it makes sense for those two guys to fight next for the title.’”
Chandler went on to say that the title picture would keep rolling along if Poirier sticks to his guns.
“He said if they want Chandler to fight for the title, he’ll go sell hot sauce, and truthfully he might end up just being a hot sauce salesman for the next six months, because I think the title picture is going to move on. I’m not saying I’m going to be one half of it, but I do know life is about opportunities.”