Dustin Poirier is one of the workhorses of UFC, and he will finally get his much-deserved opportunity to be an undisputed UFC champion. Poirier has been pitted against some tough opponents such as Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gathje and Anthony Pettis. He beat the featherweight champion, Max Holloway, to become the interim lightweight champion. Now the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the only obstacle in his path to achieving this dream.
Nurmagomedov is the most feared opponent in the UFC at the moment. He doesn’t just beat his opponents, he mauls them. Arguably he is one of the best grapplers in the UFC history and his unbeaten 27-0 record helps cement the argument. 27 fighters have tried and nobody could solve the puzzle, not even Conor McGregor, the greatest boxer in UFC.
However, with such a daunting task ahead of him, Dustin Poirier seems to be oozing with confidence. Answering what a win in UFC 242 would mean to him, Poirier explained:
“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.”
There is an interesting narrative in the main event of UFC 242. If Khabib wins, then that will just cement the argument that he is indeed the best lightweight the world has ever seen. However, can the same be said for Poirier if he gets his hands raised after the match? It would surely be hard to argue against that. Poirier said:
“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. I’m not wrong in saying it.”
Discussing the significance of the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Poirier explained:
“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.”
It’s safe to say that Poirier will shock the world if he manages to overcome the Russian wrecking machine. His name will go down in the history book for breaking the unprecedented winning streak of Nurmagomedov. However, that path doesn’t get easier after that. Tony Ferguson will be on the other side of it, waiting to claim the lightweight title. Not just Ferguson, every fighter in the lightweight division will be gunning for Poirier’s title. Now, it seems that Poirier is well aware of that as he said:
“ 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.”
One thing can be said for sure that Dustin Poirier is ready for a war to achieve this unprecedented piece of UFC glory.