Dustin Poirier should wait for Conor McGregor fight



Michael Chandler advises Dustin Poirier to fight for money while he has it.

Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) stopped Conor McGregor for the second time in a row in their UFC 264 trilogy fight, but McGregor’s leg broke, prompting medics to quit the fight, leaving the door slightly open for a potential fourth fight.

McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) deemed the win illegitimate and made sure to escalate his antics by hurling insults at Poirier’s wife. UFC president Dana White appeared open for a fourth fight, as did Poirier, after McGregor did everything possible to make things personal.

The victory over McGregor only cemented Poirier as the No.1 contender to take on newly crowned lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, but Chandler believes Poirier would just have to wait for McGregor’s leg to heal, otherwise a fourth fight could. not make sense if he becomes champion.

“Dude, if I’m Dustin Poirier, I’m just waiting for Conor 4,” Chandler said in a interview with Helen Yee. “If Poirier goes and wins the title, can Conor come back right away and fight Poirier if he has the title?” Crazier things have happened. So if I’m Poirier, I’m just waiting for Conor 4, especially after he said a lot about my wife and kids and killed me, all that stuff.

“But I also know and this is a testament to Poirier as a competitor, he wants to win the ultimate prize in mixed martial arts. He was interim champion, but he was not a 100% undisputed champion. So I think the contestant in him will go fight Charles Oliveira, but there’s a little idea, there’s a part of me that says (he) might as well just wait and get the big money fight in Conor.

No official date or event has been linked to Oliveira’s first title defense, but if it is indeed “The Diamond,” Chandler likes Poirier’s chances despite the fact that he’s just been stopped by the defending champion earlier this year.

“I think they’re both well balanced,” Chandler said. “I think Poirier has a bit more of that kind of dog in him. When the fight gets to the heart of the matter – obviously Charles Oliveira beat me in the second round, very early in the second round, so we didn’t really see a lot of longevity in a fight like that.

“We saw him do rounds with Tony Ferguson, but it was a one-sided affair. I think a fight with Dustin Poirier, he gets his hands on him pretty solidly these early rounds and sort of starts to put it on Charles. I think Poirier wins this fight by the third and fourth round. If they do all five, Poirier wins the decision.

Chandler will be looking for another shot at gold when he meets former title challenger Justin Gaethje in a fight set to take place at UFC 268 on November 6.


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