Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier has made an interesting suggestion on who should get the next shot at the lightweight championship.
According to Poirier, the two men who should be fighting for the belt are Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.
It is weird for Poirier to say that, having in mind the fact that he TKO’d Conor McGregor in January. “The Diamond” got his revenge for his 2014 loss and a lot of people were expecting Poirier to get another shot at the strap.
Speaking to MMAjunkie.com, Poirier said that right now he isn’t sure what the UFC wants to do next. He said he hasn’t begun talks about his next fight yet and said that right now he wants to take a step back and watch the division. While Poirier surveys the land, he said the UFC can go ahead with a vacant title fight between Oliveira and Chandler. If that’s what the UFC wants, then Poirier is giving his blessing for it.
“I want to be the world champion, and Charles is a guy that’s paid his dues. He’s earned where he’s at, no doubt about it. Let him and Chandler fight for the belt. If they want Chandler in there for the title, and he’s calling for the title. Let them fight for the belt. I’ll take a step back and just watch,” Poirier said.
Oliveira is riding an eight-fight winning streak while Michael Chandler had an impressive UFC debut, defeating Dan Hooker in the very first round via KO.