Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier ranked No. 2 in the UFC’s champion-less lightweight rankings, and fifth Michael Chandler were seen mired in a heated argument, to the point where they had to be separated, between the preliminary and main cards at T-Mobile Arena during UFC 276.
The conflict was caught on camera by the MMA reporter and former UFC welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns. “I will f**k you up,” Poirier can be heard saying in the video. Check out the altercation below.
Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler have to be separated at #UFC276 ?
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Both these fighters have been chirping at each other for some time now and this bout is much awaited, especially in a champion-less lightweight division. If this stipulated is arranged, Poirier would enter the cage on the back of his submission defeat against the then-UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last December. Whereas Chandler will be entering this bout on a win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 in May.
In June 2022, Poirier had explained why he would be too powerful for Chandler. “I’m a dangerous fight for him, I think I’m a clean puncher, accurate. He called out Conor, I think Conor is a dangerous fight for him too.” Poirier said.
“I’m not saying Chandler is ‘Chinny’ or anything, but he gets hurt in a lot of his fights and guys like Conor, they can punch. If you’re getting hurt by Tony Ferguson and dropped by Oliveira, guys like me, guys like Conor, if we touch your chin, it’s going to be bad.”