Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler fought in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23, 2021. It was a highly anticipated fight between two of the best lightweight fighters in the world. The fight was expected to be a barn burner, and it lived up to the hype. Poirier came out on top with a TKO victory in the second round.
The first round of the fight was close, with both fighters landing some significant strikes. Chandler came out strong, and Poirier seemed to be feeling him out. Chandler landed a few good punches and had Poirier in trouble at one point. However, Poirier weathered the storm and began to pick up the pace towards the end of the round.
In the second round, Poirier came out more aggressive and started landing some big shots on Chandler. He landed a left hook that hurt Chandler and followed up with a flurry of punches that put him on the canvas. Poirier then finished the fight with a series of ground-and-pound strikes, prompting the referee to step in and stop the fight.
The win for Poirier was a huge statement and cemented his position as one of the top lightweight fighters in the UFC. Chandler, on the other hand, was handed his first loss in the UFC and will need to regroup if he wants to remain a top contender in the division.
In the post-fight interview, Poirier called out Conor McGregor for a rematch, which he eventually won in Cin the first round. The win over Chandler also put Poirier in a prime position to challenge for the UFC lightweight title, which he eventually fought for in UFC 269, against Charles Oliveira and lost via TKO in the third round.
Chandler, on the other hand, bounced back with a win over Dan Hooker in his next fight, which put him back in the mix at lightweight. He will need to string together a few more wins if he wants to challenge for the title again.
Overall, the Poirier vs. Chandler fight was a classic battle between two elite fighters. It had everything you could ask for in a fight – action, drama, and a dramatic finish. Poirier’s win was well-deserved, and he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division.