A much-awaited match for UFC followers, Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler, will take place on November 12 at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani nevertheless confirmed the fight. No one in the UFC group has made this match official.
The Poirier vs. Chandler rivalry
As UFC 276 airs 12 bouts inside the Octagon, a clash between the elite light-heavyweight divisions is about to begin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. #2 ranked fighter Dustin Poirier and #5 ranked Michael Chandler got into a heated argument and literally went toe to toe.
Brazilian fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Barnes was caught in that match. Chandler’s coaching assistant in the VIP area at UFC 276.
In the video posted by the athlete on social networks, the audio is practically unintelligible, but Poirier looks quite upset.
Surrounded by a crowd including UFC chief executive Hunter Campbell and the company’s middleweight champion Jiri Prochazka, Poirier’s points are high. Chandler calls her a “drama” and threatens to beat her up. Security guards stopped the two and took Chandler to another location.
The reason behind the controversy is still unknown. Although both have expressed interest in a fight between themselves, there has been no word from the UFC. Poirier hasn’t fought since last December, when he lost to Charles Doe Bronx in a lightweight belt bout.
But he lost to Justin Gaethje in November and defeated Tony Ferguson in May.