Dustin Poirier says UFC 281 fight against Michael Chandler is ‘a bit personal, but just professional’ (video)

Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler will finally square off in a highly anticipated bout at UFC 281.

UFC 281 has all the makings of a major showcase with plenty of big fights all over the map. Even with two championships lined up for the evening, fans have their eyes on the battle between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. These two men have a reputation for action and are the perfect pair to produce a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Poirier is coming off the longest stretch of his career and is ready to get back to it for what should be a fan-friendly affair.

Poirier’s run under the Zuffa banner is filled with action-packed combat. From his upset victory over then highly touted prospect Josh Grispi at UFC 125 in 2011, to his last victory over Conor McGregor in 2021, Poirier has been a model citizen for the UFC. Even in his defeats, he pushes his opponents to bring out the best in them. However, he expressed some initial frustrations with getting a fight booked nearly a year after his last taste of action.

“At first I was a little frustrated trying to fight, but then life happens,” Poirier said during UFC 281 media. , I couldn’t hear anything. But things fell into place.”

Booking that fight against Chandler is what set itself up for Poirier. It’s an intriguing fight that stood out as a potential matchup when Chandler first signed with the UFC in 2020. The two men went back and forth in a way that led many to believe that There was some animosity between the two competitors.

“Every fight is a bit personal to me. We’re going to go out there and try to hurt each other,” Poirier said. “It’s every fight, but it’s just like always.”

Chandler vs. Poirier has fight of the year potential

Chandler managed to right the ship in his last outing when he stopped Tony Ferguson at UFC 274. Prior to that, he dropped back-to-back fights with Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira, both filled with exceptional violence.

As a former interim champion, picking up a win at UFC 281 could help Poirier get back into the title picture, but for now his focus is on coming out of the Octagon with the win.

“Nothing is ever clear in this sport, especially in the lightweight division,” Poirier said. “None of that matters until Saturday night. First, I have to raise my hand.

UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira will take place Saturday, November 12, 2022, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.

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