Michael Chandler, in the opinion of Dustin Poirier, should think twice before aiming for Conor McGregor’s surgically repaired leg.
One of the most anticipated UFC fights of the year, McGregor vs. Chandler, is still undecided on a date as of this writing. During The Ultimate Fighter 31’s broadcast in the coming weeks, a venue, a location, and a date might be revealed.
After a protracted absence due to the painful leg break he sustained at UFC 264, McGregor will make a comeback. McGregor had a difficult journey back to the Octagon following significant surgery.
Although Poirier cautions that Chandler’s best line of action is to resist the impulse to kick, McGregor’s previously wounded leg will be a discussion topic ahead of the scheduled battle.
Michael Chandler is cautioned by Dustin Poirier prior to the McGregor match.
Poirier offered his opinion on the possibility of Chandler going after McGregor’s injured leg during a recent interview with various news outlets.
Being in an open stance and Conor being a southpaw, Poirier remarked, “It’s gonna be tough to do, being in an open stance, Conor being southpaw. He’s gonna have to switch kick and switch stance, and that might get him in trouble…every time Chandler fights, I’m gonna watch…I think Chandler needs to wrestle early and take his chances.”
Over his most recent fights, Chandler hasn’t engaged in a lot of wrestling. His’stand and bang’ fighting strategy, which he has used since signing with the UFC in 2020, has led to some of the best fights in UFC history.
After suffering defeats in three of his last four fights, McGregor is attempting to turn things around. Early in 2020, he defeated Donald Cerrone for his most recent victory.
Poirier believes Chandler’s best shot at winning is by using his superior grappling. Poirier has faced both McGregor and Chandler over his stellar career. At UFC 291, Poirier will make a comeback to challenge Justin Gaethje for the BMF championship.