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Dustin Poirier warns Michael Chandler against ‘dangerous’ confrontations with himself and Conor McGregor, Chandler fires back

Dustin Poirier recently gave his take on Michael Chandler, and Chandler didn’t wait long to fire back.

After Chandler’s incredible knockout of Tony Ferguson at UFC 274, the former Bellator champion didn’t feel like he got the respect he deserved from Poirier when he first signed with the UFC – which led “Iron” to say on The MMA Hour that he was not at all interested in fighting Poirier. In response, Poirier echoed that sentiment, while snapping a photo of Chandler’s UFC recap of not facing anyone after a win.

Poirier was recently asked to give more details about Chandler.

“I am a dangerous fight for him. I think I’m a clean, precise puncher,” Poirier said on The Fight with Teddy Atlas. “He called Conor, thinks Conor is a dangerous fight for him too. I’m not saying Chandler is chinny or anything, but he gets hurt in a lot of his fights, and guys like Conor, they can punch. If you get hurt by Tony Ferguson and you fall [Charles] Oliveira, guys like me, guys like Conor, if someone touches your chin, it’s going to be bad.

Of course, Chandler wasn’t going to let that pass without saying something. In a video on social media, Chandler brought his phone to an outdoor storage compartment where he left it, closed the trash can and reacted quietly.

“I heard what you said. Look no one cares about your wannabe, it doesn’t make sense, you lost your shine so you’re trying to steal everyone’s shine, backdoor MMA math. Zip it up,” Chandler replied via his Instagram Story.

Poirier was hoping to compete at UFC 277 in Dallas on July 30, but that doesn’t seem likely with the big chunks of the card already confirmed. Chandler said that date would likely be too soon, so the stars could align for a potential Fight of the Year contender later in the year.