Dustin Poirier Comments On Makhachev Underestimating Him Prior to UFC 302 Bout

Dustin Poirier has broken his silence regarding the confident comments that Makhachev has been making recent headlines for surrounding their bout at UFC 302.

The pair is scheduled for a 5-round main event battle for Makhachev’s lightweight title on June 1st at the Prudential Center in Newark. In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Sean Strickland will face Paulo Costa, which is also scheduled for 5-rounds.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Poirier expressed that he feels the Russian does not respect his skill, but he intends to earn that respect.

“I kind of feel like some of the stuff he says, he might not [respect me],” Poirier said. “But I’m going to put my hands on this guy. I’m coming in there to hurt him. This is my last shot. Mom’s spaghetti. Let’s go.

“I haven’t been keeping up a whole lot but when I was at the gym, Mike Brown told me, ‘Man, I think this guy may be underestimating your jiu-jitsu and underestimating how dangerous you are.’ I think what he was referring to was an interview with Islam saying, ‘This is an easy fight for me.’ I was tagged in a bunch of stuff on Instagram and Twitter of him saying that. And I don’t know, maybe he goes about all fights like that, but I can finish and beat anybody at 155 pounds in the world. I really believe that. And he doesn’t have to believe it. I’m the one who has to believe it and go out there and beat his ass. I can do that.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Poirier has had an excellent career in the UFC, defeating Conor McGregor twice and challenging for championship gold on more than one occasion. While he received interim title status, Poirier has never been an undisputed UFC champion, and he admits that this will likely be his final opportunity to do so.

“I don’t think I’m going to be around to get another shot,” Poirier said. “That being said, I’m not putting the pressure onto myself to where it’s shaking me. It just is what it is. I’m a realist. I try to be optimistic and keep the best mindset, but I understand what it is. I’m 35. The division has to move on at some point, but I’m trying to finish this thing. The reason that I put a pair of gloves on at 17 years old was to say I’m the best in the world, and June 1st, I plan to do it.

“My daughter is going to be there front row for the first time ever. I want to show her that you can accomplish your dreams. This is a big deal to me. It’s more than fighting. Like I said before, what I’m fighting for is worth more than silver and gold. It’s my life, to have this feather in my cap — if it is the last one, to walk away from this sport content. I just want to go through life content. And winning isn’t guaranteed. Of course. I’m fighting the No. 1 pound-for-pound guy, but I’m putting myself in position physically, mentally, to be in the best position I can be and make this a reality. It is what it is. Dream chasing. Story of my life.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)


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