High expectations were imposed on Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier ahead of the UFC 281 event. Both are known as fighters who almost never perform in boring matches, and they definitely lived up to expectations. In the end, Poirier celebrated with a "submission" in the third round, and both were awarded a bonus for the best fight of the night.
The interesting thing about this match is that there was a certain animosity between the two. By no means did Chandler and Poirier succeed on the "green branch", although both are actually known as true athletes who do not prefer unnecessary tensions.
Immediately after the fight, Poirier and Chandler had a brief conversation. Chandler did not want to reveal what Poirier told him, and Dustin did agree to share his words to Chandler at the press conference. “I told him this is my house,” Poirier said.
“That’s what I told him. ‘This is my house.’ That’s it. And I told him he’s a dirty motherf*****, too, for putting his fingers in my mouth and blowing his nose. It’s all good”. Poirier reproached Chandler for the situation where Chandler used the so-called "fish hook" move where he stuck his fingers in Poirier's mouth and tried to lift his head in this way in order to "lock" the choke more easily.
Poirier successfully defended himself from that "dirty" move, and a rather disgusting move was Chandler's emptying his nostrils by blowing blood into Poirier's face while they were on the ground floor. Michael Chandler, who prefers the image of a good and honest fighter, was given the opportunity to address allegations that he is a "dirty" fighter.
“Yes, I will admit his mouth was open and my hand went inside of there and was on his mouthpiece,” Chandler said. “He bit down, I was trying to pull it out. It wasn’t as though I was trying to pull it out, and he was biting it and I couldn’t get it out.
It was more just the angle. I mean you’re getting pushed up against the cage. “Then when Dan Miragliotta was saying I was hitting him in the back of the head, I’ll have to go back and watch it to be honest with you but I know I was catching his ear, or at least in my mind I was catching his ear.
So we had that kind of conversation. You all know I’m not a cheater. I love this game. I don’t cheat”.
Poirier obviously didn’t agree with that assessment.
“It was definitely intentional,” Poirier said.
“That’s just fighting”. These two just can't seem to iron out their differences, even after a fight.