Former title challenger Dustin Poirier believes the former Bellator Champion Michael Chandler will find it difficult dealing with former foe Justin Gaethje when they both meet on 6th Nov.
Poirier was fortunate to share the Octagon with Gaethje, in what ended a bloody back and forth battle and could tell from experience that Chandler will have to answer to what Gaethje will be bring to the Octagon on fight night.
“I kind of favor Gaethje in that matchup,” Poirier said on American Top Team’s “Punchin’ In” podcast. “Chandler is going to have trouble getting him down, holding him down and to avoid those big shots.”
Poirier was able to knock Gaethje out in the fourth round of their meeting but testified how much damage the former Strikeforce champion had inflicted on him before his finish.
“Gaethje probably, he partially tore my quad,” Poirier said on the hardest leg kicker he’s faced. “In the fight, him not caring about position and throwing kicks as hard as he can just to land them, not worrying about repercussions – no setups.”
Poirier most recently defeated Conor McGregor in the first round of their rematch last month and is presently expected to Challenge UFC Lightweight champion Charles Oliviera before the end of the year.