“Quit was not the right word to use,” Michael Chandler tracks back after he said Dustin Poirier gave up too easily at UFC 269

The former UFC Lightweight title challenger, Michael Chandler admits that he went too hard on Dustin Poirier after his UFC 269 loss.

Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier
Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier

The former interim UFC Lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier lost his second shot at the UFC title in a fight against Charles Oliveira at the main event of UFC 269. There were a lot of eyeballs that were paying very close attention to this fight and the former Bellator Lightweight champion, Michael Chandler’s was one of them.

Chandler went on a little bit too hard on Poirier after his loss and he launched a barrage of tweets directed towards ‘The Diamond’. He even accused Dustin Poirier of quitting in this fight with one of his tweets which says, “I would never ever quit. I went out on my shield after being separated from consciousness, congrats to Oliveira.”

While talking about this incident in his latest interview at MMA Fighting’s The Fighter vs. The Writer podcast, Michael Chandler explains why he was so critical for Poirier tapping in this fight. Chandler says, “I think the hardest part with chokes, there are so many chokes out there that are a rear-naked choke or any choke that has been put on somebody where you think you’re never going to get out of it,”

“That’s why we love this sport, too, people say ‘he’s done, he’s done, he’s done!’ and then you can’t believe when they get out of it. You hear it with Joe Rogan cageside, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier cageside, they go bananas when guys get out of it because you never know quite how deep a choke is.”

Michael Chandler added, “I think there’s always a little bit more fight left before a tap could happen. I will admit maybe I was a little bit too harsh. Maybe the word quit was not the right word to use.” {H/T MMA Fighting}

Michael Chandler admits that he got lost in the heat of the moment

Michael Chandler UFC 268 press conference
Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler has faced the same fate against the Brazilian Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira. Chandler got knocked out by him in the second round of their fight and he believes he spoke most of those words in the heat of the moment for Dustin Poirier.

Chandler continued, “I also got my back taken by Charles Oliveira. He almost had that choke locked up and I was able to fight out of it, so I’ve been in that position. I was able to get out of it. I will admit, I will concede maybe using the quit was a little bit harsh, especially against one of the good guys. People are probably like how are you going to come to Dustin Poirier, he’s one of the best guys in MMA, right? It was just me.”

“More than anything, I guess it was the admiration, the jubilation of watching Charles Oliveira do what he did when nobody thought he was going to be able to do that except most of his fellow countrymen in Brazil and maybe a couple of analysts and a couple of his fellow fighters, coupled with loving the sport even though I lost to Charles Oliveira, loving the sport and being pumped up on the sport. I’ll admit, it was probably a little bit too critical. But that’s kind of where I’m at on it.” {H/T MMA Fighting}

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