‘Let Charles and Chandler fight for the belt’: Dustin Poirier won’t have issues if UFC decides to book Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler for the Lightweight title

Prateek Arya
|Published 01/02/2021

Dustin Poirier might be the frontrunner in the UFC Lightweight title race but, he is wary of the uncertainty that hangs in.

At UFC 257 Dustin Poirier won the right to be called the undisputed no.1 contender for the Lightweight title fair and square. The Diamond has since then inquired about the supposed vacant nature of the title and thereby has voiced his claim via social media that he should be the crowned champion.

While few would argue his stance as Khabib Nurmagomedov is apparently unlikely to return. But with Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler also in the title mix, there is a huge probability that a fight for the vacant title will take place.

While the foreseeable path would see, Dustin being the premier contender may either face Oliveira or Chandler in the title match, however, according to Poirier it is not certain.

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‘I am the uncrowned lightweight champ’

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Dustin Poirier elaborated on what he is seeking right now, and what is the ideal title scenario as per his estimation.

“I’ve got a target on my back,” Poirier told MMA Junkie on Sunday. “(I’m a former) interim world champion, I just knocked out Conor McGregor, and now I’m No. 1 and the only person above me, (Khabib Nurmagomedov), might never fight again. People want to climb that ladder, in order to do that, you’ve got to beat the guys at the top. You’ve got to beat the next guys in line, so I understand why the target is on my back, and I wear it proudly.

“I am the uncrowned lightweight champ. If Khabib’s out, I am the best in the division. Former interim world champion, former title challenger. I just took out a two-division former world champion. I am the champ, I know that.”

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Dustin Poirier is willing to leave the dais for Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira

Though Poirier’s name is making a resounding effect and it is a fact as well a general realization that in Khabib’s absence he is the No.1 Lightweight in UFC, however, he gives his assent that he will accept whatever the authority will decide.

“I want to be the world champion, and Charles is a guy that’s paid his dues,” Poirier said. “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.”

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