‘If It Ended Tomorrow, I’m Very Happy With My Career’- Dustin Poirier Not Desperate to Win the UFC Lightweight Title

Published 08/17/2021, 12:43 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier is currently on a three-fight win streak and is in pole position for a UFC lightweight title shot against Charles Oliveira. Also, over the past few days, Poirier has been going back and forth with Nate Diaz on Twitter over a possible fight. 

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The two men were supposed to face each other at UFC 230. An injury, however, forced Poirier out of the card. Hence, the recent back and forth between the two men led fans to believe that Poirier might once again opt for a money fight over a chance to fight for the UFC world title. 

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In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Poirier shared his thoughts on UFC gold and what winning the belt would mean to him.

On the MMA Hour, he said, “I would love to have that. That does mean a lot to me. It would be the cherry on top of this thing that I’ve been doing since I was a kid. But, at the same time, the position that I have put me and my family in, the things that I have done and accomplished in fighting through my charity.”

‘The Diamond’ continued, “I feel very happy looking back on it all. If I woke up and if it ended tomorrow, I’m very happy with my career. But yeah, I would love to check that box of being the undisputed world champion.”

Dustin Poirier to shun a title shot once again?

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After his win over Conor McGregor at UFC 257, ‘The Diamond’ had the chance to fight for the vacant belt against Charles Oliveira. However, Poirier opted for a rematch against Conor McGregor to settle the trilogy and secure a massive payday. 

The move received a lot of criticism from fans and pundits alike. Dana White, however, believed that it was absolutely the right thing to do for Poirier. After his win over McGregor at UFC 264, it looked all but certain that Oliveira would be next for Dustin Poirier.

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However, recent developments suggest that a title shot might not be the top priority for the Lafayette native. Although a fight against Nate Diaz would not be for the belt, it would be a mammoth payday for ‘The Diamond’. 

What are your thoughts on Dustin Poirier potentially picking another money fight over a title shot? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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