Khabib Nurmagomedov Believes That Dustin Poirier Should Be a Champion

Published 02/10/2021, 5:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC Lightweight champion, sat down in an interview with Match TV. He talked about many things, including his promotion “The Eagle FC,” his future, and about the Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor fight at UFC 257.

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The interviewer asked him a question about the UFC 257 main event. Khabib shared his opinions and said, “I would not say that Poirier and McGregor disappointed me. They showed nothing supernatural. I fought with Poirier, nothing special. It’s the same with Conor.

It felt like a respectful statement, especially since ‘The Notorious’ lost the fight in the second round’s early minutes via knockout.

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Nurmagomedov has always been an admirer of Poirier and always has showered him with respect. On multiple occasions, he has claimed that Dustin was one of his most formidable opponents. To add to this, he also believed that the winner of the Poirier vs. McGregor fight should fight for the belt.

‘The Eagle’ endorsed Poirier as a fighter who should be the new lightweight champion. He said, “I think that now Poirier deserves to be a champion. This is my opinion. Look at those fighters with whom he fought – Jim Miller, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, Max Holloway. These are all the top fighters who can enter the UFC Hall of Fame.” (translated by Google Translate)

These words can work wonders for the selfless Louisiana native.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Eagle has retired

Following UFC 254, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement publicly after he beat Justin Gaethje. The fight was over after two rounds, and ‘The Eagle’ won via a choke. Ever since then, the rumor mill has been working overtime, teasing a comeback fight against the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, and Dustin Poirier himself.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020, on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib holds a 29-0 record and has beaten everyone on that list except Georges St-Pierre. A comeback fight for ‘The Eagle’ might be unlikely, but if he does decide to go back out there, the number of super fights that can be made is crazy.

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Based on legacy, he would want to fight ‘GSP’, and based on the rankings, ‘The Diamond’ is in pole position.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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