Dustin Poirier: Beneil Dariush 'makes a lot of sense' after 'dirty motherfucker' Michael Chandler ends

Dustin Poirier: Beneil Dariush ‘makes a lot of sense’ after ‘dirty motherfucker’ Michael Chandler ends

NEW YORK – Dustin Poirier is back on an upward trajectory in the lightweight division following his submission victory over Michael Chandler at UFC 281.

Poirier (29-7 MMA, 21-6 UFC) added to his decorated UFC resume on Saturday when he defeated three-time Bellator champion Chandler (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in the third round of their lightweight bout in Madison Square Garden, which put him back in the win column following his title fight loss to then-champion Charles Oliveira in December 2021.

After missing out on an undisputed UFC title for the second time, Poirier was laid off for 11 months. He admitted it was tough to navigate the waters, but he pulled through and picked up a Fight of the Night victory when he finally backed into the octagon.

“I had 11 months to sit back and sit on a loss,” Poirier told MMA Junkie and other reporters at the UFC 281 post-fight press conference. I was trying to get fights all this time, but nothing happened. Nothing materialized. I don’t know whose fault it was. But I was training at home just sitting on that championship loss. It hurts. It pushed me to improve and come here and get the “W”.

The match between Poirier and Chandler was supposed to be fireworks before the event, and the pair lived up to expectations, and then some. There was a bit of tension between them before the fight, and it continued in the cage at UFC 281 when Poirier claimed Chandler hooked him up and blew his bloody nose out mid-fight.

While Poirier is aware that these things are all part of the fighting game, he didn’t enjoy it too much. And when the fight reached its conclusion, he made sure Chandler knew too.

“I told him: ‘This is my house’,” says Poirier. “That’s what I told him. I said, ‘This is my house.’ And I told him he was a fucking ass too, for putting his fingers in my mouth and blowing his nose. It’s finish. It makes no sense.

Now back on the winning trail, Poirier’s next moves open up more. There’s a new champion at 155 pounds in Islam Makhachev, whom “The Diamond” has yet to fight. Makhachev is scheduled to face featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in the main event of UFC 284 in Perth, Australia on February 11, but there is no definitive contender after that.

Makhachev’s coach and mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, suggested Poirier fights Beneil Dariush on that same UFC 284 card, and while Poirier isn’t sure the date is perfect, he sees the matchup with Dariush (22-4-1 MMA, 16-4-1 UFC) as a logical one. .

“It’s a question that makes a lot of sense,” Poirier said. “Beneil earned his stripes and sidelined some tough guys and looked great doing it. We will see. I am not against. It’s finally in the UFC and when I want to come back. … I think it’s a great game. I think he deserves a tough game.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s Event Hub for UFC 281.


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