Michael Bisping predicts the outcome of Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 281
Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler are all set to face each other and settle their dispute at UFC 281. The unusual beef peaked when the pair engaged in a heated back-and-forth at UFC 276. They get to settle the dispute when they stand across each other in their scheduled bout at Madison Square Garden.
Michael Bisping believes Dustin Poirier will finish Michael Chandler in the third round because of the latter’s recent history of being dropped.
On Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) will face Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a crucial lightweight matchup. However, the bout will only last three rounds.
It is no secret that Poirier wants to face Chandler in New York. The contest has essentially been promoted by the former interim champion for weeks. This will be his first outing since losing to Charles Oliveira for the lightweight belt last December. Before that, Poirier had defeated Conor McGregor twice in a row.
Michael Bisping discussed the lightweight match in the most recent video on his YouTube channel. Despite how great Chandler is, according to Bisping, he has demonstrated in prior matches that he can be knocked out. With that in mind, he has picked Poirier to win by TKO in the third round:
“A fight that I think should be labelled as the people’s main event is Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler…Poirier is obviously looking for the TKO but Michael Chandler is very tough, however, he has been dropped. He got dropped off Tony Ferguson, he got dropped off Charles Oliveira. He has been shown to be a little bit chinny…I think he [Dustin Poirier] can put Michael Chandler away.”
Dustin Poirier claims that he wanted a five rounds fight against Michael Chandler
Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler will throw down at UFC 281. The pair sat down with former UFC double champion Daniel Cormier to preview their upcoming bout. Speaking to Daniel Cormier, ‘Diamond’ said:
“I can tell you this, the dude’s got a chin on him, rangy southpaw, punches in bunches, great with his footwork and great with his defense. I’ve fought people in his camp before so I’m sure they are talking about that. With Dustin as he said, 28 fights in the UFC, I have a lot of Dustin Poirier fans/hey I have watched this guy forever. We are two guys who have been in this game for a very long time, last fight was the last fight and this fight is going to be something brand new.”
Poirier added that he wanted the fight to be five rounds:
“I really wanted to do a five-round fight. Especially for me, I like to get a rhythm going and the timing. I feel like the better fighter unless something happens early in one of the first rounds, the better fighter usually wins in the distance. You can make this thing 10 rounds it’s going to be the same energy going into those first few rounds.”
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