Poirier: If I Beat Khabib I Am The Best At 155

Counting down the moments until UFC 242, Dustin Poirier knows the gravity of what it would mean if he beats Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“It’s huge. It’s history,” Poirier told MMA Fighting of their lightweight unification fight on September 7th. “When I go out there and beat Khabib, it’s not a question of am I the best UFC lightweight? It’s a question of am I the best lightweight to ever fight in mixed martial arts with the run I’m on… Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, Khabib Nurmagomedov, winning over those guys in a row in main events, over and over, that’s the best run in lightweight history.”

“If I go out there and stop Khabib, I’m the best lightweight fighter to ever strap on a pair of four-ounce gloves. Simple and plain,” Poirier said. “I’m not wrong in saying it.”

“This is going to start the reign,” Poirier said of a potential win in Abu Dhabi. “This is the fight that gives me the undisputed title. But on the other side, this is the fight where I etch my name into the history books forever. Because of this win, I’m going to forever be a part of the best of the best of mixed martial arts.

“But I’m 30 years old and I still feel like my best fights are ahead of me. I’m starting to hit my stride. This is the beginning of “The Diamond” reign.”

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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