Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting the finalization of the three-round lightweight matchup after it was initially targeted for the pay-per-view event on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN.com on Wednesday reported the fight booking.
The official placement of Chandler vs. Poirier on the fight card is not yet known; the ESPN+ pay-per-view card is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champ Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira; the scheduled co-headliner fight is a strawweight title fight between champ Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili.
Chandler’s management team also confirmed to MMA Fighting that Chandler has signed a new multi-fight agreement with the UFC; terms of the deal were not disclosed. The former Bellator champ’s stock went through the roof with his previous performance, a second-round front-kick knockout of ex-interim champ Tony Ferguson at UFC 274.
Poirier is eight months removed from a second bid for the UFC lightweight title, which ended in a third-round submission loss to current champ Charles Oliveira. The former interim lightweight champ contemplated a move to the welterweight division before agreeing to face Chandler.
Once adamantly opposed to facing the incoming ex-Bellator champ, Poirier targeted Chandler on social media and in person. Cameras caught Poirier confronting Chandler at UFC 276 and exchanging expletives before being separated.
Poirier’s loss to Oliveira snapped a three-fight winning streak that included back-to-back wins over former two-division champ Conor McGregor. He initially fell short for the undisputed title against the now-retired Khabib Nurmagomedov, losing by third-round submission at UFC 242.