clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler: Live updates, round-by-round scoring, winner for UFC 281

We break down pre-fight odds, provide round-by-round odds, and get you the eventual result for Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 281

Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler interact during weigh-ins for UFC 281. Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

Update 11:11 p.m. ET The fighters are on their way to the cage, and we should be underway shortly!

Two of the top five lightweights in the world face off at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, as No. 2 Dustin Poirier takes on No. 5 Michael Chandler as part of the main card of UFC 281 in New York City.

Poirier (28-7, 1 no contest) looks to get his belt back at 155 lbs. after losing a title shot to Charles Oliviera last December. “The Diamond” has 21 career stoppages in 28 bouts, with seven victories in his last nine bouts. His only losses of late have come to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Oliviera, two of the best to ever put on a pair of gloves.

Chandler (23-7) won the Performance of the Night for his KO front kick to Tony Ferguson in May, stopping a two-match losing streak in the octagon. The 36-year-old from Missouri had fallen to Oliviera and Justin Gaethje in his previous two outings.

Poirier is favored to win in this bout with -215 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.

We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.

Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler round-by-round results

Round 1 10-9 Poirier

The round of the year in MMA?? Until the last minute, some serious punches from Chandler and a nice takedown had him well ahead. But a flurry on the feet from Poirier stunned Chandler, and Poirier threw a ton while Chandler barely got to the bell.

Chandler has a right leg in trouble after a checked kick and a bloody nose.

Round 2 10-9 Chandler

It might even be a 10-8 round, as Chandler dominated on the ground for basically the entire five minutes. He got the takedown and stayed on the mat, which was clearly the right tactic after the first.

Chandler is leaking like a faucet from his nose, but he had body control for the entire round.

Round 3

Dustin Poirier wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:58 of the third round

An incredible fight! Poirier wins Round 1, Chandler controls Round 2 from the mat, but Poirier left no doubt after being taken down in the third, but reversing it into this.