Dustin Poirier Opens Up to Dariush After Defeating ‘Dirty’ Chandler


NEW YORK – Dustin Poirier is again on an upward trajectory at light-weight following his submission win over Michael Chandler at UFC 281.

Poirier (29-7 MMA, 21-6 UFC) added to his UFC resume on Saturday when he submitted three-time champion Bellator Chandler (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) within the third spherical of the light-weight bout at Madison Sq. Backyard. , which put him again within the wins column following his title combat loss to then-champion Charles Oliveira in December 2021.

After falling wanting an undisputed UFC title for the second time, Poirier had an 11-month career-long layoff. He admitted it was difficult waters to navigate, however he obtained by way of it and delivered with a Struggle of the Night time victory when he lastly obtained again into the Octagon.

“I had 11 months to take a seat again and look forward to a loss,” Poirier instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters on the UFC 281 post-fight press convention. “I used to be attempting to combat on a regular basis, however nothing occurred. Nothing materialized. Undecided who was accountable. However I used to be coaching at residence simply sitting on that championship defeat. That hurts. That led me to enhance and are available right here and get the ‘W.’ 🇧🇷

The showdown between Poirier and Chandler was anticipated to be fireworks earlier than the occasion, and the duo lived as much as expectations and extra. There was a little bit of pressure between them earlier than the combat, and it continued within the cage at UFC 281, when Poirier claimed that Chandler hooked him and blew his bloody nostril on him halfway by way of the combat.

Whereas Poirier is conscious that these items are a part of the preventing recreation, he hasn’t taken it very nicely. And when the combat got here to an finish, he made certain Chandler knew too.

“I instructed him, ‘That is my home,’” mentioned Poirier. “That is what I instructed him. I mentioned, ‘That is my home.’ And I instructed him he is a unclean motherfucker too, for placing his fingers in my mouth and blowing his nostril. Ended. It is no matter.”

Now again on the profitable lane, Poirier’s subsequent strikes open up extra. There is a new champion at 155 kilos in Islam Makhachev, whom “The Diamond” has but to combat. Makhachev will face featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in the principle occasion of UFC 284 in Perth, Australia on February 11, however there isn’t any definitive candidate after that.

Makhachev’s coach and mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, urged Poirier fights Beneil Dariush on the identical card as UFC 284, and whereas Poirier is not certain the date is an ideal match, he sees the showdown with Dariush (22-4-1 MMA, 16-4-1 UFC) as logical. 1.

“That makes a whole lot of sense,” Poirier mentioned. “Beneil earned his stripes and beat some powerful guys and he is nice doing it. We’ll see. I’m not towards. In the end it will depend on the UFC and the time-frame of after I wish to come again. … I feel it is an amazing showdown. I feel he deserves a troublesome confrontation.”

To be taught extra in regards to the card, go to the Junkie MMA Occasion Middle for UFC 281.