“He already left the 155 lbs division,” Michael Chandler reveals the REAL reason to have never called out Dustin Poirier

Both Poirier and Chandler have even had a near hostile situation where Poirier was seen as very aggressive whilst confronting Chandler back during the International Fight Week.

Michael Chandler- Dustin Poirier
Michael Chandler- Dustin Poirier
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Michael Chandler might’ve had some personal reasons to not ever call out Dustin Poirier but he believes there were some factual points to his move as well. Chandler, the former Bellator MMA lightweight champion of the world, is one of the most exciting fighters on the current UFC roster today. In his overall MMA career, Chandler had wins over the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Tony Ferguson, Dan Hooker, Benson Henderson, Patricky Freire, and many more.

Poirier, the former interim-UFC lightweight champion, was a former UFC featherweight whose transition to lightweight elevated his performance to the highest of levels and is considered to be one of the best athlete decisions ever made in MMA history. Poirier’s wins include the likes of Max Holloway, Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Dan Hooker, and many more. Both Poirier and Chandler have shown symptoms of enmity towards each other ever since Chandler fought for a UFC title in just his second UFC fight.

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Michael Chandler talks about Dustin Poirier having shown signs of moving to welterweight in the past

Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier
Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier

In an interview with journalist Damon Martin at The Fighter vs The Writer segment, Michael Chandler talks about the greatness of his Tony Ferguson KO at UFC 274, and the probability of a fight against Conor McGregor in the future, and much more. In the midst of all, Chandler also opens about what made him keep Poirier’s name out of his mouth on intentional purpose and on an accidental occasion as well.

“…he was talking about retirement, he was talking about never making 155 lbs again, he was talking about going up to 170, he was campaigning hard for the Diaz fight, so in my mind, he already left the lightweight division, you know. So I think that’s what you know kind of set him off or made him not too happy with me…” concludes Chandler referring to the recent verbal altercation with Poirier back at UFC 276. Chandler has however also stated that regardless of the mildly bad blood with Poirier, he still respects him as a fighter and a man.

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What do you make of Chandler’s reasoning behind the reluctance to make a Dustin Poirier call out? Do you think it was reasonable from Chandler’s side? Now that their fighting deal is taking rounds of rumors, who do you think will win if the UFC makes it official? Where do you put Chandler amongst the most exciting fighters of all time in MMA history?

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