When he squares up against lightweight contender Islam Makhachev at the top of the UFC 280 pay-per-view (PPV) later this month in Abu Dhabi, Charles Oliveira will try to reclaim the title he lost on the scale. Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier will square off in New York at UFC 281, where the winner will continue to compete for the division title.
Despite having a 2-2 record under the UFC brand, Chandler feels a win against Poirier will be enough to give him the next shot at the 155-pound title. Beneil Dariush, the No. 6 lightweight contender who will compete against Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 280, wants “Iron” to give way to stronger opponents after failing to keep himself in the winning column.
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“Honestly, I think he’s just trying to hype himself up,” Dariush told Helen Yee about Chandler’s title talk. “I don’t think that’s true. But if that does happen, man, I will – that’s basically a clown show. What? The guy just had a title shot and lost and then lost again. So it doesn’t make sense. After I beat Gamrot, I don’t think there’s anyone who could step in front of me. We’ll see what happens. I think it would be a joke if he gets a title shot.”
Transcription courtesy of MMA Mania