Michael Chandler, however, is feeling confident.
The UFC lightweight contender faces two-time title challenger Dustin Poirier on the main card of UFC 281. Chandler named a few of his qualities that he thinks will put him past his opponent.
“I truly believe that every guy I step in the cage against might beat me, but I guarantee that I’ve worked harder than them, I guarantee that I am tougher, and I guarantee that I’m gonna fight just as hard, if not harder,” Chandler said.
“I think, in typical me fashion, I’m gonna get in his face.
“Guys aren’t quite ready for my speed, my power, my quickness… I’ve trained that way. I think eventually we lose power and speed, but I’ve continuously gained speed because that’s how I’ve trained,” Chandler continued. “When I grab a hold of people too, the power when I pick people up and slam them.”
— UFC (@ufc) November 9, 2022
Chandler, a three-time Bellator champion, has fought just four times under the UFC banner, but has recorded notable wins against the division’s best like Dan Hooker and Tony Ferguson and held memorable fights against Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira.
Poirier has been with the promotion since 2011, and despite having six losses, he is still considered one of the top lightweights. His last two losses came by legend Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champion Charles Oliveira.