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Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler added to loaded UFC 281 event in Madison Square Garden

UFC 269: Oliveira v Poirier Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) return to Madison Square Garden is shaping up to be a must-watch night of action.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed today (Weds., Sept. 7, 2022) that a pivotal Lightweight showdown between former title challengers, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler, has been added to UFC 281 on Nov. 12, 2022, in New York City. Additionally, Chandler has signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion. The bout will be a three round affair.

For Poirier, this will be his first Octagon appearance in 2022. “The Diamond” last challenged for Lightweight gold against Charles Oliveira in UFC 269’s main event in Dec. 2021. Despite his best efforts, Poirier succumbed to a third round rear-naked choke submission, snapping a three fight win streak (watch highlights).

Chandler’s recent outing saw him do the opposite to Poirier, rebounding off a two-fight skid that began with his own title shot against Oliveira in May 2021. At UFC 274 in May 2022, Chandler took on a fellow fan-favorite, Tony Ferguson, scoring one of the best knockouts of all time via second round front kick (watch highlights).

Bickering back-and-forth between the pair of Lightweight stars immediately began in the aftermath of Chandler’s big win, but it was hard to tell if a fight would actually come to fruition. Now, they get to tango on the grandest stage at an event that already has two big title fights on tap.

Check out UFC 281’s current line up below:

  • 185 lbs.: (C)Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira
  • 115 lbs.: (C)Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili
  • 155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
  • 155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles
  • 155 lbs.: Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano
  • 155 lbs.: Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
  • 125 lbs.: Erin Blanchfield vs. Molly McCann
  • 115 lbs.: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gómez Juárez
  • 205 lbs.: Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
  • 145 lbs.: Michael Trizano vs. Seung Woo Choi
  • 205 lbs.: Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Dustin Poirier
    (488 votes)
  • 35%
    Michael Chandler
    (272 votes)
760 votes total Vote Now

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