If Michael Chandler becomes the next lightweight title challenger following UFC 281, Beneil Dariush feels it will be a farce.
On November 12, Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fights Dustin Poirier with the hopes of earning a title fight in the near future should he prevail. Dariush would be astonished if Chandler passed him, having lost the belt to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262, then to Justin Gaethje at UFC 268, and then to Tony Ferguson via knockout.
Dariush, who has won seven in a row, will attempt to continue his quest for the crown on October 22 at UFC 280 against Mateusz Gamrot. In addition, he has been tabbed as Oliveira and Islam Makhachev’s official backup for their lightweight title bout at the same event.
“Honestly, I think he’s just trying to hype himself up,” Dariush said.
“I don’t think that’s true. But if that does happen, man, I will – that’s basically a clown show. What? The guy just had a title shot and lost and then lost again. So it doesn’t make sense. After I beat Gamrot, I don’t think there’s anyone who could step in front of me.”
“I think if it’s three rounds, 60-40 I lean towards Dustin,” Dariush said.
“Only because Michael Chandler’s focused so much on being exciting, I think he actually gives up a lot of his skill sets. I think he could actually do way better than he’s done. I think he’s, what, 2-2 in the UFC? I think he could be undefeated right now if he had a better mindset, but he’s so focused on being entertaining and exciting, he’s lost two fights.”