Former interim UFC light-weight champion, Dustin Poirier is ready for his first Octagon outing simply shy of a yr, returning to lively competitors within the type of a mouth-watering light-weight scrap in opposition to former title challenger, Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on November 12. from Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis.
Poirier, the present #3 ranked light-weight contender, most just lately featured in the principle occasion of UFC 269 again in December of final yr in opposition to former undisputed champion, Charles Oliveira, struggling a 3rd spherical standing rear-naked choke loss.
As for Chandler, the #5 ranked challenger snapped a two-fight dropping skid again in Might of this yr on the principle card of UFC 274, stopping former interim light-weight champion, Tony Ferguson with a thunderous second spherical entrance kick KO.
An preliminary report from Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour confirmed how the UFC had been focusing on a light-weight battle between Poirier and Chandler for UFC 281 on November 12., with UFC Chief Enterprise Officer, Hunter Campbell confirming the pairing to ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto.
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“It’s official,” Okamoto tweeted. “Dustin Poirier (@DustinPoirier) vs. Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) at MSG in November, per UFC Chief Enterprise Officer Hunter Campbell. Three rounds. Along with agreeing to the battle this week, Chandler has additionally signed a brand new multi-fight deal.”
Delivering a 2-1 file final yr, Lafayette native, Poirier managed handy a pair of defeats to arch-rival, former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor within the pair’s rematch, and subsequent rubber match in January and July of final yr, respectively.
Incomes an interim light-weight championship again in April 2019, Poirier defeated two-time opponent and former featherweight titleholder, Max Holloway in a unanimous resolution win.
2-2 in his Octagon tenure since his touchdown within the promotion in January of final yr, Chandler stopped Dan Hooker in his promotional bow, earlier than struggling back-to-back losses in opposition to common-foes, Oliveira, and Justin Gaethje earlier than his knockout win in opposition to Ferguson.
UFC 281 takes place on November 12. from Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis, with an undisputed middleweight title battle between champion, Israel Adesanya, and challenger, Alex Pereira set to take fundamental occasion honors.
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