One of the most exciting potential fights in the UFC has finally been set: former lightweight champion Dustin Poirier will take on former title challenger Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. First reported about it ESPN.
This fight will be Poirier’s first since losing to Charles Oliveira last December. The loss came after Poirier’s 8-1 win of the interim title in 2019 by defeating Max Holloway by decision. He failed to unify the title when the Louisiana native lost to then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Poirier, long popular with fans for his aggressive style and attitude, continued to rise as a star with three wins since losing to Nurmagomedov, including two TKO wins over former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Chandler is a three-time former Bellator Lightweight Champion who made his UFC debut in January 2021. He made an immediate impression by defeating Dan Hooker by knockout. Chandler then lost by knockout to Oliveira in a fight for the then vacant lightweight title, in which Chandler was inches from winning after rocking Oliveira hard in the first round.
Another loss followed Chandler, but it didn’t diminish his place as one of the sport’s top fighters as he lost to Justin Gaethje in the 2021 Fight of the Year. In his most recent fight, Chandler bounced back by brutally knocking out Tony Ferguson with a kick to the face at UFC 274 in May.
UFC 281 is already a loaded card, with Israel Adesanya defending the middleweight title against former kickboxing contender Alex Pereira, and Zhang Weili challenging Carla Esparza for the women’s strawweight title.