Poirier Looks For Big Fight For UFC Return In 2019
Dustin Poirier has been cleared to begin a camp, and the top lightweight challenger is looking to get into title contention after he was forced to pull from his UFC 230 fight against Nate Diaz.
Poirier would be shelved due to a lingering hip injury and cause Diaz to pull off the card and return to a self-imposed exile from the sport. And while Poirier feels ready, he still has some hurdles to clear before returning to the Octagon.
“There’s going to be some more stuff to go through, but I’m cleared to start a camp here in the next few weeks, I’m sure,” Poirier told MMAjunkie Radio. “I spoke to the doctor a couple days ago, he called just as a checkup and he said most of the time you see huge improvements like six-to-eight weeks out from stem cell injections and my body has taken to it real good already. I’m excited to see the six-week mark how good I’m going to be feeling.”
“I just want to do whatever I have to do to get the title shot, whatever I need to do to,” Poirier said on a potential fight against someone other than Nate Diaz, who was actively looking to either pull out or make it a title fight for an 165-pound title that is yet to materialize. “That’s been my goal this whole time, but we’ll see. I haven’t spoke to the UFC about that’s next. I was seeing some stuff they were saying that they don’t want to try to rebook the Nate fight. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be ready to roll probably the end of January, early February, I’ll be ready to roll.”
“When I talk to [The UFC] I’m going to say, ‘I want a title shot.’ But at the end of the day they make the offer and I have to choose what’s next. But I agree, Tony is next in line. We’ll see how all this shakes out. I just want a big fight, somebody at the top, and I want to be world champion.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie