Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler must be separated before the main card
There were no lightweights on the main card at UFC 276, but the Las Vegas crowd nearly saw a pair get in on it.
Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, ranked No. 2 in the UFC unchampionless lightweight rankings, and fifth-ranked Michael Chandler were seen embroiled in a heated argument, to the point that they had to be separated, between the preliminary and main maps. at the T-Mobile Arena.
The clash was caught on camera by fearless reporter and former UFC welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns.
Not every loud argument at a UFC event portends a future fight, but a Poirier-Chandler bout makes enough sense for both fighters that it’s hard not to wonder if UFC decision makers are already doing something.
Poirier hasn’t fought since losing to UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira by submission at UFC 269 last December, while Chandler is coming off a victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274. in May. Chandler also recently got a shot against Oliveira, but lost via TKO in the second round.
Both fighters are popular among UFC fans and part of a highly entertaining lightweight division high. A fight between the two would almost certainly be a striking showcase, hopefully along the lines of Chandler’s fight against Justin Gaethje last November.