What’s Next For Dustin Poirier Following UFC On ESPN 12 Win?
One of the most accomplished fighters in the UFC, Dustin Poirier wants one more shot at gold. He is willing to wait and see what is offered to him, however.
Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) is coming off of a unanimous decision win against Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12. It was a true Fight of the Year contender, one that may have helped “The Diamond’s” cause to fight for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Despite the fact he is ranked second in the UFC’s lightweight rankings, Poirier is behind interim Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje, a man he has beaten before.
The UFC lightweight division is full of contenders in Tony Ferguson, Charles Oliveira, and even Conor McGregor. Poirier told MMA Junkie that he wouldn’t mind continuing to climb up the ladder until he can face whoever is the UFC Lightweight Champion.
“I’m interested in all those fights,” Poirier stated. “I’d like to fight all those guys. It just has to be the right time and the right scenario, and we’ll make it happen. But my goal before I’m done fighting is to be the undisputed world champion. So (I’ll do) whatever I need to do to make that happen. If that’s ‘sit out and wait for this fight’ – nobody’s told me I’m next, so I’m not sure exactly what the UFC’s plan is. But if it’s not a title fight, it’s gotta be a big one.”
UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib could face Gaethje sometime in September. Poirier wants either of those men but doesn’t want to be a replacement if something goes wrong. Honored by the UFC, he wants to earn his way to a title shot, by any means necessary.
At one point, Poirier was 5-0 with one no-contest in six fights. He beat Max Holloway for the interim UFC Lightweight Title and lost his streak to Khabib in an undisputed fight in September 2019. The thrill of the hunt may not entice others, but Poirier wants to gain a title the right way.
“I just want big fights, and I wanna be paid for them,” Poirier went on to say. “So I just want big fights and money. I want to be undisputed world champion, but I’m not pressing, I’m not pushing for other fights right now. I’m just gonna sit back, heal up, see what the UFC wants to do, and we’ll take the next step. But I think I’ve paid my dues and earned my shot at a big fight.”