Islam Makhachev Feels Dustin Poirier Will Be An ‘Easy Fight’ At UFC 302

Despite the fact that Dustin Poirier is ranked number-4 in the UFC’s lightweight division, Islam Makhachev has no doubts that he will take care of business on June 1st in Newark, NJ.

The pair will square off in UFC 302’s 5-round main event, in which Poirier is challenging for Makhachev’s 155-pound title. While “The Diamond” has achieved interim championship status in the past, he has never been the undisputed champion, and many feel this may be his last shot.

Makhachev is coming off a pair of wins over former featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski, the most recent of which was finished with a spectacular head kick knockout. Meanwhile, Poirier is coming off a win of his known, having stopped Benoit Saint-Denis with a hard right hook in March.

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“Dustin, he is a warrior, legend – he has more than everybody experience in this sport,” Makhachev told TMZ. “But his problem is his style. That’s the one problem this guy has. His weak point is wrestling and grappling, and I have the key for the easy fight.

“And if I follow the plan, I can beat him easy. My style and Khabib’s style, it’s worst style for Dustin. People who can can take him down, hold him there, it always gives him problems.”

“Dustin is a good opponent because Oliveira, Arman, I beat these guys already,” Makhachev said. “My dream fight for this division is Gaethje, but he lose already. Right now in our weight, we just have Dustin because Arman said no, Oliveira lose, Gaethje lose. We don’t have someone.”


UFC 302 will go down on June 1st from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to the lightweight main event title fight, former middleweight champion Sean Strickland will face Paulo Costa in a 5-round 185-pound co-feature.

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