UFC 276: Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler have to be separated ahead of main card

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There were no lightweights on the main card of UFC 276, but the Las Vegas crowd nearly saw a pair of them go at it.

Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, ranked No. 2 in the UFC's champion-less lightweight rankings, and Michael Chandler, ranked fifth, were seen embroiled in a heated argument, to the point they had to be separated, between the preliminary and main cards at T-Mobile Arena.

The conflict was caught on camera by intrepid reporter and former UFC welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns.

Not every loud argument at a UFC event portends a future fight, but a Poirier-Chandler fight makes enough sense for both fighters that it's hard not to wonder if the UFC decision-makers are already in the process of setting something up.

Poirier hasn't fought since losing to then-UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira by submission at UFC 269 last December, while Chandler is coming off a win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 in May. Chandler also recently got a shot against Oliveira, but lost via second-round TKO.

Both fighters are popular among UFC fans and part of a highly entertaining top of the lightweight division. A fight between the two of them would almost certainly be a striking showcase, hopefully along the lines of Chandler's fight against Justin Gaethje last November.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 11: Dustin Poirier prepares for his lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira of Brazil during the UFC 269 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 11, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Dustin Poirier (pictured) and Michael Chandler would be fun. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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