Michael Chandler wants to fight Dustin Poirier: “he was always a name on the list”

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Michael Chandler already has Dustin Poirier in his sights. On the Fighter against the writer podcast, Chandler explained why he wanted a piece of “El Diamante” ever since he joined the UFC earlier this year.

“I don’t think Dustin Poirier is a bad guy. I don’t think he thinks I’m a bad guy. But as a competitor, he called me and Charles fighting fool’s gold. He fired me saying he wouldn’t fight me in the UFC even after knocking out Dan Hooker.

Michael Chandler wants to fight Dustin Poirier: “he was always a name on the list”

So he was just a little more dismissive of me. I don’t think he’s a villain. In fact, I think he’s a great guy. I think he’s a phenomenal ambassador for the sport, but me and him, when it comes to the competition aspect where we’re both fighters in the same division, I think we both have a little trouble choosing one over the other.

Chandler claimed he wanted a chance to fight Poirier from day one, asking for “The Diamond” by name. “That’s what I wanted to do when I came to the UFC.

I wanted to fight all the top guys and Poirier was actually one of the guys we asked for and he refused at the very beginning which I have no problem with. He was top of the division and I was a newcomer from outside the UFC.

So he’s always been a name on the list. He’s a guy I respect, a guy I look up to in the sport of mixed martial arts, and a guy I’d love to compete against.

Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier share the distinction of losing to Charles Oliveira in title fights. Chandler lost to Oliveira via TKO in the second round, while Poirier succumbed to a rear naked choke in the third. Charles Oliveira retains the lightweight belt and will almost certainly defend the belt in 2022.

Chandler was impressed with Oliveira’s performance against Dustin Poirier, as the Brazilian entered the Octagon as a betting loser despite his position as the defending champion.

“More than anything, I guess it was admiration. The jubilation of seeing Charles Oliveira do what he did. When no one thought he would be able to do it except most of his compatriots in Brazil and maybe a few analysts and some of his fellow fighters.

Besides loving sports even though I lost to Charles Oliveira, loving sports and being motivated by sports. Would you like to see Poirier vs Chandler in 2022? Let us know in the comments.

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