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Michael Chandler explains why he has ‘no interest’ in fighting Dustin Poirier: ‘I forgot about it’

Michael Chandler responded to Dustin Poirier’s recent tweet about him and also explained why he didn’t call Poirier after his UFC 274 win – it was just a case of loss of sight, loss of mind .

After Chandler viciously knocked out Tony Ferguson in last Saturday’s featured fight in Phoenix, he cut a big promo calling out names like Charles Oliveira and Conor McGregor, but didn’t mention Poirier – which the former interim champion noticed in the aftermath of the event.

With Nate Diaz also expressing interest in fighting the former Bellator champion, Chandler was asked if he had a choice between Diaz and Poirier to face next, it would be the first by far.

“That would be Diaz. I have no interest in fighting Dustin, honestly,” Chandler said on MMA hour. “To be completely honest, I think he’s a great guy. I think I like him for the sport, but I also think I’ve been completely ignored and pushed aside every time I walked in. in the organization. He completely ignored me, he acted like I didn’t deserve to be where I was.

“Maybe it’s a bit more of a personal issue, but I don’t think Dustin is a draw either? I guess he’s the No. 2 guy [in the UFC rankings] now, but he just sort of stayed at No. 2 and I don’t know how active he will be. I saw him tweet that I say everyone’s name but his like I don’t want to fight him for technical reasons or whatever, but it’s more like I forgot about him.

The No. 6 ranked lightweight in the MMA Fighting World Rankings is now 2-2 in his four octagon appearances, with all four contests being incredibly entertaining bouts. Poirier has been known to get into a wild battle or two in his own right.

Although it’s an incredibly exciting 155-pound match on paper, Chandler sticks to a “thanks, but no thanks” approach to fantasy matchmaking.

“Hats off for what he’s done in his career and I respect him a lot, he makes great hot sauce,” Chandler explained. “But right now, I don’t really want to fight him.”