Poirier & Chandler address the "beef" in a face-to-face interview

Poirier & Chandler address the “beef” in a face-to-face interview

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Fans who wondered how serious the beef between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler was before their UFC 281 matchup now have an answer.

If there was ever a fight in the UFC that didn’t need a personal grudge to make it exciting, it would be the lightweight pivotal matchup between Poirier and Chandler. These two were known to put up nothing but thrilling fights, so the general perception was that there was no need for an extra twist of bad blood between the two fighters.

Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler air their beef

Despite the fact that a beef was not necessary, it seemed that only one was forming between these two men, at least on the side of Dustin Poirier. Although he’s not normally known for being a hothead, he had some harsh words to say about Michael Chandler, who fired back on his own.

Well the two came face to face when they were pitted to make a interview with former UFC champion turned commentator Daniel Cornier, and it was here that Poirier explained the nature of his vendetta with the former Bellator champion. Here he revealed that he doesn’t appreciate the way Chandler vacillates between respect and disrespect in interviews, feeling that it makes him wrong.

“I watched the guy fight for a long time. He’s fought a lot of big guys. I’ve always had high praise for him. He did great things,” Poirier said. “It’s not like I’m going into this with a personal vendetta against the guy, but that’s just it. The whole way he answered that question is not who he was a few interviews ago with Ariel Helwani, or it’s not who he was when the mic was in front of him in the Octagon. He was a different guy every time we sat next to each other in Abu Dhabi and talked. It is what it is.

This prompted a response from Chandler, who was quick to point out similar tactics Poirier has used over the years. He also noted that there was a time when the former interim champion was also disrespectful, turning down fights with him when he was first signed to the UFC.

“(You) recorded after the fight (with Khabib Nurmagomedov) and said, ‘If the UFC wants me to fight Michael Chandler, I better go sell hot sauce. So you want to get a ton of praise for me, but you’d rather sell hot sauce than fight me,” Chandler said.

Is the beef mashed?

Because this was a face-to-face interview, Michael Chandler had the opportunity to respond to these claims from Dustin Poirier. He responded by explaining that he was only trying to promote the fights like anyone else, and that he was not interested, at the time, in calling anyone who had expressed a desire to potentially retire or gain weight.

There seems to have been a point where Poirier and Chandler realized they were looking for much of the same thing and had no issues with each other personally, even reflecting on the quality of the moment. where they first met. during a Bellator show. After that, it looked like they were crushing their beef, admitting they didn’t have to hate each other to put on a show for the fans.

“Now it’s recorded as if we hate each other. It doesn’t matter. We don’t need to hate each other to go there on November 12 and look like we hate each other and we let’s fight,” Chandler said.

“I don’t hate anyone, but what I’m going to do is beat you,” Poirier replied. “He can feel whatever he wants to feel. It’s a fight, I don’t care,” Poirier said.

While it’s cool that these two men put aside their personal grudges, there’s no doubt that Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler will be an exciting fight from start to finish. That being said, it’s been fun watching these two go at it from time to time.

Who do you choose between Poirier and Chandler on November 12?

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