At this moment in time, you could easily make the argument that the 155-pound division has never been more exciting in the UFC – and that’s saying something. There are so many killers residing in the top 15 and as we look ahead to the immediate future, it seems as if there are some great match-ups to be made before the end of the year.
One man who continues to wait on a call from the promotion is Dustin Poirier, who last fought back at UFC 269. ‘The Diamond’ has been asking for a bout for months now and recently, he’s been going back and forth with divisional rival Michael Chandler after the former Bellator champion dismissed him as a potential opponent.
In an interview with Teddy Atlas, Poirier explained why Chandler probably shouldn’t entertain the idea of fighting either himself or Conor McGregor.
“The next day I tweeted out that exact thing, I said he’s [Chandler] called out everybody but I didn’t hear my name. I’m a dangerous fight for him. I’m a clean puncher, I’m accurate. He called out Conor, I think Conor is a dangerous fight for him too.”
“I’m not saying Chandler is 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 Oliveira, guys like me, guys like Conor, if we touch your chin it’s gonna be bad.”
“That’s the reason he gets these fights – you can’t have an offense and a defense and he’s all offense, jumping forward, lunging forward. 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 run into big shots.”
Chandler’s fun run
Across his 2-2 run with the UFC, Michael Chandler has had thoroughly entertaining fights with Dan Hooker, Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson.
The latter of those contests saw him get back to winning ways at UFC 274 with an emphatic front kick knockout over ‘El Cucuy’.
If he performs like that against either Poirier or McGregor, we could be in for a Fight of the Year contender.