Michael Chandler responded to Dustin Poirier’s cheating allegations of him putting his hand in Poirier’s mouth to keep control of his back.
At UFC 281, Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier put in an impressive performance for the fans.
After dominating & a wild first round from both fighters Chandler took Poirier down where he seems to be doing some prohibited moves while on the back of Poirier.
Dustin Poirier labeled his moves as “Dirty” but he also seems to be cool with Chandler.
However, in a recent interview, Michael Chandler addressed the issue of cheating accusations.
“The fishhook thing, it was not a fishhook. A fishhook is on the lip and on the skin. It was actually on his mouthpiece, which I actually thought was his chin. I reached down and grabbed there because I was gonna pull the chin up. I was training it a ton that week — reach down, grab the chin, lift the head, and go for it.Michael Chandler
Michael Chandler further explained what was going through his mind and why he did that.
“I thought I had his chin, but turns out, I was in his mouth and didn’t realize until he bit down on my hand, and I was like, ‘Oh shoot, okay.’ … People can watch it and watch stuff in slow-mo and go, ‘I can’t believe he did that!’ When you’re on the line or you’re making a tackle, you don’t know where your hands were, where your feet were, what you’re grabbing; you’re in the moment, the motion, literal hand-to-hand combat,”Michael Chandler