Poirier Sees Makhachev Fight As Final Title Shot

Dustin Poirier sees his upcoming fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev as the last chance to win a world title. 

Poirier faces Makhachev on June 1 at UFC 302. It is his fourth title fight, having come up short on three occasions. He lost out to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 242 in 2019, getting submitted in round 3. Another loss followed against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 in 2021. Oliveira submitted Poirier in round 3 to win the lightweight belt.

Dustin also had the chance to win the BMF Belt. But Justin Gaethje knocked him out in round two at UFC 291. However, Dustin did bounce back in his last fight. He knocked out Benoit St Denis to give him a title shot. Poirier has ruled out a fourth fight with Conor McGregor as he targets one last attempt at a title.

“I’m capable of anything. I can climb back to this spot and fight again for the world title. I can do anything. I can grind back to it. I know I can. It’s just that I don’t have it in me, and I’m not going to do it again. I’m not going to climb the ladder again. I’ve been doing this a long time. It’s a very selfish sport.

“I’m ready to be a father and be a husband and be home and be into a routine. I wouldn’t say I can’t do it again. I can do it again. It’s just … this is it for me. I’m not sure, man. This could be the last one,” Poirier explained. “… I’m still on the fence, win or lose. I just want to be content with my career.

“It’s a thing where I have to digest it and be okay with it because that’s how life goes. Of course, I’m looking at the brighter side and trying to be positive that I’m going to finish the story and seal the deal and become undisputed lightweight champ after my 31st fight in the UFC. What a story that would be,” Poirier said

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