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.
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 3, 2022
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.