“It’s a Fight That Makes Me Nervous”- Dustin Poirier Gets Honest About “The Dangers” of a Justin Gaethje Rematch

Published 03/22/2023, 2:39 AM EDT

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Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje gave an all-time classic for fight fans five years ago. If the stars align, the two lightweight stalwarts might run it back again. After his most recent win at UFC 286, Gaethje expressed his interest in having another crack at ‘The Diamond.’ In a recent interview, Poirier gave his thoughts on the rematch and what would motivate another contest against the human ‘highlight reel.’ His answer sums up why Poirier is one of the most savage fighters on the current UFC roster.

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Poirier and Gaethje went to war in the main event of UFC on Fox 29, in April 2018. In a slugfest that went to the championship rounds, Poirier secured a knockout win in the fourth. Five years hence, both stars are in the top five of UFC lightweight rankings and seemingly on a collision course. Poirier welcomes the idea of such a collision, and for specific reasons.

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In a recent interview with Amy Kaplan on FanSided MMA, Dustin Poirier addressed questions about a second Gaethje fight. ‘The Pride of Lafayette, Louisiana’ had an answer that highlighted the mentality that he displays inside the cage.

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Speaking of a rematch, he said, “It’s a fight that makes me nervous. When I hear a name and I get nervous, it gives [me] motivation.”

He continued, “You know, those are the kind of fights that… same thing with Chandler. When I heard Chandler’s name when they called me with Michael Chandler, I was nervous because I knew the dangers of those kinds of fights and that’s what motivates me.”

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Finally, he added, “So same thing with Justin. If they do call me and he’s the name that they say, maybe it happens. We’ll see.”

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Poirier’s mentality of taking fights that scare him the most had earned him success. With the top-ranked fighters in the lightweight division booked for other fights, Poirier vs. Gaethje 2 could be the way to go.

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Both fighters have fought for the title twice and came up short both times. After his UFC 286 win, Gaethje stated his desire for one last title run before calling it a career. His road to the title might inevitably go through Dustin Poirier. However, the 34-year-old has two wins since his last title fight loss, as opposed to Poirier, who only has one.

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What do you think of Poirier’s statement? Do you want to see Poirier vs. Gaethje 2? Let us know in the comments.

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Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.
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