‘His Feet Are Like Hands’- Dustin Poirier Reveals How Strong Khabib Nurmagomedov Is on the Ground

Published 07/30/2021, 10:11 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 7, 2019: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier fight in their title unification bout at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


In a recent interview with American Top Team’s ‘Punchin’ in, Dustin Poirier gave his take on his title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. Dustin had one of the better performances against ‘The Eagle’, catching him with a few flush shots to the chin and an extremely tight guillotine at the beginning of the third.

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However, the match came to a decisive end halfway through the third round with Nurmagomedov taking Poirier’s back and slipping in a rear-naked choke for the win. 

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According to Poirier, Khabib’s superior positioning and balance while grappling are the key qualities that separated the former lightweight Champion from the rest of the division.   

“He’s just so advanced, and his feet are like hands, like his foot sweeps and the way he breaks you down, its good man he’s good, F**k, so good.”   


Khabib then went onto to defend his belt for the third and final time against Justin Gaethje to end his career with an astounding 29 wins and zero losses. On the other hand, Poirier has now racked up three wins, one against Dan Hooker followed by two over Conor McGregor, and is in line for another title shot against the current lightweight champion, Charles Olivera.  

Will we ever see Dustin Poirier as the Lightweight Champion? 

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 12: Dustin Poirier gestures to the crowd during the UFC 236 weigh-in at State Farm Arena on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Ever since his debut, Dustin Poirier has been one of the most dedicated and consistent fighters in the UFC. Having had his share of ups and downs, the Louisiana native is on a mission to get UFC gold wrapped around his waist. 

Despite the disappointing result in his first title fight, Poirier immediately went back to the drawing board and has looked unstoppable ever since. In his performance against Dan Hooker, Poirier put on an incredible display of heart and grit throughout, ultimately securing a unanimous decision. 

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Since then Dustin has gone on to win the trilogy matchup against Conor McGregor at UFC 257 and 264. Their second meeting at UFC 257 ended with an emphatic knockout for Poirier in the second round, while the third fight ended with McGregor snapping his leg towards the end of the first round resulting in a doctor stoppage. 

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MMA – UFC264 – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – July 10, 2021 Conor McGregor in action against Dustin Poirier REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Despite all the controversy in his last fight against McGregor, the Diamond now has two wins over the Irishman. He will now get ready to face the new lightweight champion Charles Oliveira for his second title shot.  

Securing a win over a crafty Charles Oliveira is going to be no easy task, however, this seems to be just the right time for Dustin to achieve his lifelong dream.

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What do you think? Will Dustin Poirier become the lightweight champion of the world? Let us know in the comments.  

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