Michael Chandler advises Dustin Poirier to go for the massive money fight though he has it.
Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) stopped Conor McGregor for the second straight time in their trilogy bout at UFC 264, but McGregor’s leg split, which induced medical practitioners to cease the struggle, leaving the doorway a little bit open for a probable fourth fight.
McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) deemed the gain as illegitimate and built sure to ramp up his antics by lobbing insults to Poirier’s wife. UFC president Dana White seemed open up to a fourth fight, and so did Poirier, right after McGregor produced every single attempt to make items personalized.
The win around McGregor only additional cemented Poirier as a No. 1 contender to deal with recently topped light-weight champion Charles Oliveira, but Chandler thinks Poirier should really just hold out for McGregor’s leg to mend, if not a fourth combat may perhaps not make sense if he goes on to develop into champion.
“Man, if I’m Dustin Poirier, I’m just ready for Conor 4,” Chandler mentioned in an interview with Helen Yee. “If Poirier goes and wins the title, can Conor appear suitable back again and battle Poirier if he has the title? Crazier things have took place. So if I’m Poirier, I’m just ready out and waiting for Conor 4, particularly after he mentioned various points about my wife and my young ones and killing me, all that kind of things.
“But I also know and this is a testomony to Poirier as a competitor, he needs to get the greatest prize in combined martial arts. He’s been an interim winner, but he hasn’t total-fledged, 100 % undisputed champion. So I think the competitor in him will go combat Charles Oliveira, but there’s an inkling, there’s a aspect of me that claims (he) could possibly as very well wait out and get the massive cash battle in Conor.”
No formal date or occasion has been linked to Oliveira’s very first title protection, but if it is in truth in opposition to “The Diamond,” Chandler likes Poirier’s likelihood despite just getting stopped by the reigning winner earlier this yr.
“I feel they’re both effectively-rounded,” Chandler mentioned. “I think Poirier’s obtained a very little little bit additional of variety of that canine in him. When the struggle gets in the thick of it – of course Charles Oliveira conquer me in the 2nd spherical, pretty quickly into the 2nd spherical, so we didn’t genuinely see a lot of longevity in a struggle like that.
“We observed him go as a result of rounds with Tony Ferguson, but that was muchly a just one-sided affair. I believe a fight with Dustin Poirier, he puts palms on him quite solidly those people to start with pair rounds and kinda starts to place it on Charles. I think Poirier wins that fight by third, fourth-round end. If they do go all 5, Poirier wins the final decision.”
Chandler will glance to make an additional crack at gold when he satisfies previous title challenger Justin Gaethje in a bout that is predicted to consider place at UFC 268 on Nov. 6.