Dustin Poirier Says Islam Makhachev Is Next

Dustin Poirier has said he will fight UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev next. 

Poirier bounced back from his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291 last year, missing out on the chance to become the BMF Champion, by knocking out Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299. It was the perfect response after there were questions over whether Poirier would retire.

However, he is not the division’s number-one-ranked contender. Gaethje faces Max Holloway at UFC 300 on April 13, while Charles Oliveira takes on Arman Tsarukyan on the same card. The winner of those bouts could arguably have a stronger claim to a title shot since they are ranked higher. However, the turnaround time from the UFC 300 fights makes it unlikely for Gaethje and Oliveira to get the title shot first. Makhachev is also keen to remain active, making Poirier the leading candidate. 

Makhachev has not fought since knocking out Alexander Volkanovski in the first round at UFC 294 last October. It was Makhachev’s second successive win against the Australian after winning a unanimous decision at UFC 284. After Poirier’s win against Saint-Denis, Makhachev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz offered ‘The Diamond’ the possibility of a title shot. Poirier also wanted the fight, expressing his intention in the post-fight comments. 

“That’s the only reason I’m fighting. I started fighting to be the world champion, to be the best in the world, undisputed. We have to see. I have to get home, talk to my coaches, my wife, and my management, and we’ll see what’s next. I don’t know. But yes, I’ve done a lot in this sport. I’m not trying to brag, but I’ve done a lot in this sport. I’ve been fighting for a long time. I think this was around my 50th MMA fight, and I’ve done a lot, checked a lot of boxes. But there’s still one box unchecked, and that’s being a world champion,” Dustin Poirier said

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 Now, Poirier has suggested that he will face the Russian next. 

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