“Individuals suppose that we’re in there making selections like me making the choice to select up this pen,” Chandler mentioned Monday on The MMA Hour. “It’s not the identical if you’re really contained in the confines of MMA and also you’re preventing on your life. You’re reaching for issues, you’re grabbing for issues, you’re grappling. Loads of it’s muscle reminiscence.”
Poirier referred to as Chandler a “soiled motherf*****” after submitting him within the third spherical. Afterward, the previous interim champ doubled down on his phrases and mentioned Chandler deliberately tried to cheat with a fishhook mid-fight.
Chandler mentioned it was completely his intention to succeed in down and seize Poirier’s chin whereas in again management. It wasn’t to deliberately foul his opponent, however he mentioned that’s a part of being a fighter. Regardless of your finest efforts, you generally mess up.
“After I take a man’s again, and I’ve drilled it one million occasions, I take a man’s again, attain down, seize the chin, elevate the chin, after which go for the choke,” Chandler continued. “So sure, do I feel I must apologize? I don’t suppose I do. Do I feel it was one thing that folks may say, ‘Hey, that was soiled,’ or ‘that was unlawful,’ sure, I may positively see what you’re saying. However 31 fights, you understand my fame. I’ve bought a very good fame on this sport. I like the game. I don’t cheat the game. I don’t cheat to win.
“This one was simply unlucky circumstances and a series of occasions that I want didn’t occur, however they did, and likewise, that’s why we have now referees there. That’s why the referee was there together with his eyeballs on each single change to let you understand for those who’re doing one thing consciously or subconsciously, on function or not on function.
“However yeah, it doesn’t really feel good [to be called a dirty fighter]. I don’t like to listen to that, as a result of, no matter, there are going to be those who say issues it doesn’t matter what, be accused of issues win, lose or draw. … However I like this sport, and I might by no means cheat. It’s what it’s and I can’t change it, apart from I’ve been right here 31 fights and I like the game and I might by no means cheat deliberately.”
Chandler factors out the very clear sign Poirier gave him mid-fight that he was within the unsuitable and added it was a simply response to what had simply occurred.
“He did chunk my finger, which isn’t dishonest, as a result of my finger shouldn’t have been in his mouth,” Chandler mentioned. “I feel that’s after I realized, ‘OK, that’s not the chin,’ as a result of he’s biting down on my hand, and clearly, that’s after I let go.
“It’s considerably humorous. I might by no means name it humorous or downplay it, nevertheless it is rather like, if you consider the stuff we undergo as blended martial artists, and even him being down there, I might have achieved the very same factor, whether or not I believed his hand was in my mouth or not.”
After all, Poirier didn’t see the humor within the scenario. It solely contributed to a testy post-fight change that left each fighters feeling somewhat bit unresolved about the results of the struggle. Slightly than settling issues within the cage, there was nonetheless some unhealthy blood within the air.
With the advantage of hindsight and time to chill down, Chandler has let go all of these emotions. He provides Poirier props for beating him at UFC 281 and has nothing however respect for “The Diamond” as an individual and a fighter. After all, he’d like the chance to beat him in a rematch, and he believes that 10 future fights would have 10 future outcomes. As for Poirier, he hopes there’s no continued rivalry, however he can’t management his one-time opponent.
“I’m not going to say I don’t care,” Chandler mentioned. “I’ve an incredible respect for each single man that I’ve ever fought, and I’ve an incredible respect for anybody that’s in our line of labor. The subsequent time I see him in particular person, I’ll go up and shake his head and say what’s up. We’ll see how he reacts. I don’t know.
“My guess is, I feel we’re all high-strung at occasions. We’re all coming down from these victories or defeats. Then once more, I might be unsuitable. Both manner, I’ve no ailing will towards him. I’m not going to lose any sleep over that, whether or not our relationship is contentious or not. But it surely’s unlucky. I’ve a ton of respect for him. He beat me honest and sq.. He was the higher man that evening, and if we do it once more someplace down the road, it is going to be a fair higher storyline.”