Michael Chandler teases Dustin Poirier fight announcement after UFC London

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UFC star Michael Chandler has teased that a fight announcement, potentially against Dustin Poirier, could be coming imminently.

Ever since stepping foot inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s octagon for the first time, Michael Chandler has been making headlines everywhere he goes. The veteran, and former Bellator champion, is 2-2 since entering the lightweight division and seemingly still has a whole lot left in the tank.

‘Iron Mike’ has beaten Tony Ferguson and Dan Hooker to go alongside defeats at the hands of Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira. Still, even through all of the highs and lows, he’s maintained that famous catchphrase: see you at the top.

Chandler has made it known that he’s here for a good time and not a long time which, obviously, implies that he wants to be as active as possible before eventually riding off into the sunset.

During a recent appearance at UFC London, Chandler noted that fans could hear about the booking of his next fight quite soon – and that there’s a clear opponent in mind.

“As of right now, me and Poirier are the only guys that are not matched up inside the top 5,” Chandler said.

“There’s no secret Dustin Poirier and I have been on a collision course to stepping inside the octagon. Beneil Dariush just got matched up. Obviously, Islam and Charles are fighting. [Justin] Gaethje’s out with a nose surgery and I just fought Gaethje two fights ago. I think everybody calling out Conor McGregor — and I have called him out, but I’ve called him out in a respectful manner. ‘Hey Conor, whenever you’re ready to come back, whenever you’re ready, whenever the leg is 100 percent healed.’ Because the sport of mixed martial arts, the UFC as a promotion is better with Conor McGregor in it, but we need to see a healthy Conor McGregor inside the octagon. 

“He doesn’t need to rush back, we’ll see when he comes back.

“So I’m not waiting. I think you’re going to hear some fight news coming pretty soon and it could be me and Dustin Poirier. We’ll see.”

Settling the score

Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier had to be separated at UFC 276 earlier this month due to an altercation they had in the front row at T-Mobile Arena.

Neither man has ever seemed to be particularly aggressive in that regard in the past but here, there appears to be a real disdain between them.

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