What precisely led to the feud between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler?
Former UFC gentle heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tried to get a solution throughout a current version of ESPN’s “DC & RC” present, the place he spoke with the 2 males in a joint interview forward of their extremely anticipated struggle.
Poirier informed Cormier that his dislike of Chandler stems from the best way his opponent modifications persona when he is in entrance of a microphone.
“In case you ask anybody who is aware of me or anybody who’s heard me discuss Mike, I have been watching the man struggle for a very long time,” Poirier mentioned. “He fought loads of large guys. I’ve all the time had excessive reward for him. He is performed some nice issues, nevertheless it’s all with me — and it isn’t like I am going into this struggle with a private vendetta for the man. However that is simply it. The way in which he answered this query. It isn’t what it was a couple of interviews in the past with Ariel Helwani or it isn’t what it was when the microphone is in entrance of him within the Octagon.
“He was a unique man each time we sat aspect by aspect in Abu Dhabi and talked,” Poirier continued. “It’s what it’s.”
Chandler responded, explaining that his feedback had been after Poirier began hinting at a transfer from light-weight to welterweight or retirement, choices that might rule out a struggle with him anyway.
‘Iron’ additionally shared his aspect of the run-in in Abu Dhabi, the place he began out respectful however turned disrespectful after ‘Diamond’ rejected a possible struggle to go promote his sizzling sauce.
“The man who talked to you in Abu Dhabi, within the stands – you and me within the stands – earlier than the weigh-ins, we had all of that,” Chandler mentioned. “After which Dustin Poirier went on report, on the microphone after the struggle [against former two-division champion Conor McGregor at UFC 257] and mentioned, “If the UFC needs me to struggle Michael Chandler, I higher go promote some sizzling sauce”. So that you wish to get a ton of reward for me, however you’d additionally fairly promote sizzling sauce than struggle me.
Regardless of their earlier exchanges in particular person and on-line, Poirier and Chandler squashed their beef, agreeing that they do not hate one another. Cormier expressed doubts about their “kumbaya”, particularly since they had been seen separated from one another at UFC 276 a couple of months in the past. Each males performed down the commerce and centered on their subsequent struggle at UFC 281, the place they’ll settle their variations as soon as and for all.
UFC 281 takes place on Saturday, November 12 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis.