In the third round, Dustin Poirier submitted Michael Chandler to a rear naked choke at U.F.C. 281.

Both fighters had dominant moments in stand up exchanges and on the ground. Chandler brought Poirier down in round one and pounded him with punches. However, Poirier ended the round as aggressor and almost knocked him out of the fence. His face quickly turned reddened from bloody injuries and he suffered a cut on his upper lip.

With his superior wrestling skills, Chandler knocked Poirier to the floor again. He was able to land solid punches on ground and took the round down. In round three, Chandler again took Poirier down with an aggressive slam. But Poirier reversed the move and came out on top. During the scramble to the ground, he slipped his elbow in for the choke.

Both fighters were in the top five of the 155-pound division rankings. This fight had huge implications. Dana White, U.F.C. president, predicted the fight would be exciting and said he thought it would earn $50,000. President of the U.F.C. Dana White predicted that the bout would be exciting and claimed that it would bring in $50,000. “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Poirier, a U.F.C. Poirier, a U.F.C. veteran and former interim champion joined the promotion in 2011. He rose to the highest level of fame after finishing a trio of fights against Conor McGregor.

Chandler, who was a member of the U.F.C. Chandler joined the U.F.C. 2021 and quickly became a fan favourite after engaging fights against Charles Oliveira (former champion), Justin Gaethje (former champion) and Tony Ferguson (who Chandler defeated with a brutal front kick in May).

Poirier will most likely be awarded a title shot, or possibly a fight against Oliveira who is currently the No. Islam Makhachev was the last contender to win the belt. Alexander Volkanovski will challenge Makhachev to the lightweight title in February. This is in an effort to be a dual-division champion.