Poirier Hints At Retirement After UFC 302 Loss To Makhachev

Dustin Poirier appears closer to retiring following his defeat to Islam Makhachev at UFC 302. 

Poirier suffered a fifth-round submission loss, preventing him from becoming the UFC Lightweight Champion. Before the fight, Poirier hinted it could be his last fight. He has now lost three title shots for the lightweight belt. Previous losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov (UFC 242 in 2019) and Charles Oliveira (UFC 269 in 2021) were tough to take.

Poirier also suffered a second-round KO loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291. After the Islam defeat, Poirier questioned whether it made sense to continue fighting if there was no title shot on offer. He also suffered extensive injuries from the defeat. Yves Edwards also added that Poirier entered the fight with a rib injury. While no fighter wants to go out on a defeat, Poirier has said he is leaning towards calling it an end. 

“I’m leaning towards being done. Especially with getting the title fight, how many more times would I need to fight to put myself back in that position to fight for the world title? I don’t know. I’m not gonna do it again, I’m not gonna fight five more times trying to earn another title shot. I’m in a weird spot, and I don’t know how to explain it or what decision I’ll make, but I’m taking it day by day and seeing what comes with my mind changing and just to see how I feel,” Poirier said

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