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Who won Poirier vs Chandler?
Dustin Poirier beat Michael Chandler by submission in the 3rd round during the main card of UFC 281, on Saturday 12th November 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Poirier vs Chandler stats
Dustin Poirier stepped into the octagon with a record of 28 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Michael Chandler made his way to the cage with a record of 23 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Poirier had a slight advantage in power over Chandler, with a 50% knock out percentage over Chandler's 48%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Chandler had a slight advantage over Poirier, with a 30% submission rate over Poirier's 25%.
Dustin Poirier was the younger man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Poirier had a height advantage of 1 inch over Chandler. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Poirier was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 5 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 months earlier than Chandler, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 14 more professional rounds, 82 to Chandler's 68.
Poirier vs Chandler form
Poirier had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by in the 3rd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had beat Dan Hooker at UFC Vegas 4 on 27th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
He had been beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 on 7th September 2019 by unanimous decision in the 3rd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Michael Chandler had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Previous to that, he had lost to Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 on 15th May 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston.
Before that, he had defeated Dan Hooker at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had won against Benson Henderson at Bellator 243 on 7th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Michael Chandler had been fighting more than Dustin Poirier.
Going to this contest, Dustin Poirier had last fought 1 year, 9 months and 12 days ago, while Michael Chandler's last outing had been 1 year, 4 months and 16 days ago.
Poirier's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Chandler's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Poirier vs Chandler?
Dustin Poirier was a 9/20 (-220) favourite going into the contest, while Michael Chandler made his way into the ring at 9/5 (+180) with oddsmakers.