Dustin Poirier-Michael Chandler lightweight showdown being finalized for UFC 281

The UFC concludes a massive lightweight matchup between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler for UFC 281 on November 12.

The contracts have not yet been signed but will be issued to all parties on Tuesday, UFC chief executive Hunter Campbell told ESPN. The 155 pound fight takes place on the pay-per-view card at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Chandler, 36, was originally scheduled to fight Poirier in Las Vegas a month later in December, while Poirier has been ready to fight for months. Chandler agreed to the fight earlier this week, as well as a new contract with the UFC.

“Michael couldn’t be happier with the new deal and he’s ready to start a war at Madison Square Garden,” said Dave Martin, Chandler’s longtime manager.

Poirier (28-7) has made no secret of his intention to fight Chandler in New York. The former interim champion has basically been promoting the matchup for weeks. This will be his first appearance since coming up short in an easy title fight against Charles Oliveira last December. Previously, Poirier had back-to-back wins over Conor McGregor.

Chandler (23-7) is a former Bellator MMA champion who signed with the UFC last year. He’s been extremely busy in the Octagon, with wins over Dan Hooker and Tony Ferguson. He also came up short in an easy title fight against Oliveira as well as a year’s contender’s fight against Justin Gaethje at Madison Square Garden last year.

Poirier and Chandler are ranked #2 and #5 lightweights in the world, respectively.

A middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya (23-1) and Alex Pereira (6-1) will lead UFC 281.

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Emma Bowman

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