Dustin Poirier is out to make heritage.
Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC), who’s competed against the best lightweights in the sport, has pretty couple blemishes on his file.
Considering the fact that generating his professional MMA debut in 2009, the previous UFC interim light-weight winner has only missing six occasions in 33 fights.
Whilst the loss to McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in 2014 was a turning stage for Poirier, who moved up to 155 lbs . and discovered a great deal accomplishment, the McGregor rematch is not on his head like it once was.
If he had to pick among the two, Poirier’s most the latest decline to Nurmagomedov (28- MMA, 12- UFC) previous September at UFC 242 is the a single he’d instead operate back – not simply because Nurmagomedov is champion, but simply just since no a single has experienced an respond to for him, and he would adore to be the just one to remedy the puzzle.
“If the belts weren’t on the line, just for my legacy, I would adore to defeat Khabib,” Poirier told MMA Junkie. “Nobody’s ever conquer him. Nobody’s ever climbed that mountain. I would enjoy to be the initial one particular. That’s historic. That’s famous. That is the stuff I’m out to do. I’m not out for rematches and grudge matches and revenge. I’m a developed person, I really do not keep that things in my heart. I have a relatives and this is a small business to me.
“When I was younger, I might have desired to fight Conor or fight any person who beat me. But I’m just comfy with anything. I’m at ease with my record, with the things that I have performed, the fights I’ve performed. The fights that I have misplaced, I uncovered my classes and attempted to keep relocating ahead. So I’d truly like to be the initially 1 to conquer Khabib.”
Soon after dropping to Nurmagomedov, Poirier rebounded with a unanimous conclusion get more than Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 in one particular of the finest fights of the calendar year so far to place himself back again in the lightweight title photograph.