Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has claimed tha former two-weight promotional champion, Conor McGregor presents a “dangerous” matchup, stylistically, at least for one-time championship challenger, Michael Chandler – after the latter issued a recent call out to the Dubliner.
Poirier, the current #2 ranked lightweight champion, has been sidelined since December of last year following a third round standing rear-naked choke defeat against former undisputed division champion, Charles Oliveira in the headliner of UFC 269.
As for Conor McGregor, the 33-year-old has also been away from active competition since July of last year – fracturing his left tibia in the opening round of his trilogy rubber match against the aforenoted, Poirier – resulting in a TKO doctor’s stoppage defeat.
For Chandler, the Sanford MMA staple got back to winning ways in spectacular fashion in April in a main card bout against former interim champion, Tony Ferguson – stopping the Oxnard veteran with a jaw-dropping second round front kick knockout.
Dustin Poirier backs Conor McGregor to provide difficult test for Michael Chandler
Poirier, who himself has been continually linked with a title-eliminator of his own against Chandler before the close of this year, claimed that should he share the Octagon with the Missouri native – him as well as arch-rival, Conor McGregor present unfavorable stylistic opponents.
“I’m a dangerous fight for him (Michael Chandler),” Dustin Poirier told renowned boxing coach, Teddy Atlas on his podcast, THE FIGHT. “I think I’m a clean puncher, accurate. He called out Conor (McGregor), I think Conor McGregor is a dangerous fight for him, too. I’m not saying Chandler’s chinny or anything – but he gets hurt in a lot of his fights and guys like Conor, they can punch. If you’re getting hurt by Tony Ferguson and dropped by (Charles) Oliveira, guys like me, guys like Conor, if we touch your chin, it’s gonna be bad,”
“That’s the reason he gets hurt in these fights, because you can’t have an offense and a defense, and he’s all offense,” Dustin Poirier said. “Jumping forward, lunging forward, and you know what they say, when your feet leave the ground in boxing, you get carried out. Jumping around, throwing punches in the air, you can’t pivot, you can’t move, you’ll run into big shots. You jump in, you get carried out.”
Issuing a rather quickfire response to Poirier, Chandler claimed that the Lafayette native had lost his proverbial shine, and maintained that the American Top Team mainstay was just attempting to remain relevant.
“Hey, come here, come here, come here,” Michael Chandler tweeted, accompanied by a video. “Here, step into my office. I heard what you said, and listen. Nobody gives a rip, about your wannabe, don’t make sense, lost your shine so you’re tryna steal everybody else’s shine, back-door, MMA math. Zip it.”