Michael Chandler Claims He Has ‘No Interest’ In Dustin Poirier Fight: ‘He Disregarded Me’

    ByRoss Markey

    May 11, 2022
    Michael Chandler

    Off the back of a stunning second round front kick knockout win over former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 last weekend, Michael Chandler issued a slew of call outs to his fellow contenders, however, elected against calling out Dustin Poirier – now insisting that he has no interest in fighting the former interim gold holder.

    Michael Chandler, who plys his trade at Sanford MMA in Deerfield Beach, Florida – featured in a high-profile UFC 274 main card slot against Ferguson, rallying from an opening round knockdown to finish the Oxnard veteran with a spectacular, front kick knockout just 17 seconds into the second frame.

    The victory came as Michael Chandler’s second under the UFC banner since his January debut knockout win over Dan Hooker last year, snapping a two-fight losing skid against even headliners, Charles Oliveira, and Justin Gaethje. 

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    Following his jaw-dropping knockout victory, the Missouri native called out both the above mentioned, Oliveira, and Gaethje, and even offered to make the welterweight limit to land a fight against former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor.

    In the days since his show-stealing knockout victory, Chandler has also offered to return as soon at UFC 277 on July 30. – in a welterweight debut against Nate Diaz.

    One man falling short of a call out from Chandler is the #2 ranked, Poirier, with the former interim champion questioning why he failed to make the list, alluding to the fact that a pairing would be less than favorable for Chandler.

    Michael Chandler admits he is not interested in fighting Dustin Poirier

    Admitting that he was not interested in a fight with the Louisianan, Chandler claimed that Poirier had made it seem that he did not belong in the UFC following his late 2019 move from former stomping ground, Bellator.

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    “I have no interest in fighting Dustin (Poirier), honestly,” Michael Chandler said on The MMA Hour. “I got asked the other day who I would see as a champion if it wasn’t me or (inaudible) and I completely forgot about him. To be quite honest, man, I think he’s a great dude, I think I like him for the sport, but I also think I was completely disregarded and pushed aside when I came into the organization.”

    “He (Dustin Poirier) completely disregarded me, acted as though I didn’t deserve to be where I was,” Michael Chandler said. “So maybe it’s a little bit more of a personal issue but, I also don’t think Dustin – is Dustin a draw, you know? I guess, he is the number two guy – ranked number two now, but he’s kinda just stayed at number two.”

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    “And, you know, I don’t know how active he’s gonna be. But I did see he tweeted I was saying everybody else’s name but his, as if I didn’t want to fight him because of technical reasons, or whatnot. I just forgot about him to be honest with you. Hats off to him for what he’s done in his career and I respect the heck out of him – he makes some good hot sauce, but as of right now, I don’t really have a desire to fight him.”

    Most recently, Poirier headlined UFC 269 against common-foe, the above mentioned, Oliveira – suffering a third round standing rear-naked choke loss to the former titleholder in an unsuccessful attempt to land the undisputed lightweight crown.