“Not Sure What’s Next”- Dustin Poirier Shares Concern on His Future in MMA

Published 12/15/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Nevada , United States – 10 July 2021; Dustin Poirier following his lightweight fight with Conor McGregor during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Dustin Poirier recently lost his second chance to strike gold against the current lightweight champion of the world, Charles Oliveira. The former interim lightweight champion previously faced the undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019, in a title unification bout at UFC 242.

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Additionally, ‘The Diamond’ lost both the title fights with a rare naked choke in the same third round. In the very recent fight at UFC 269, Poirier dominated the first round. However, the Brazilian champ came on top in the second and third rounds, defending his title. Also,’ Do Bronx’ holds the record for the most submissions in the UFC.

Many analysts have concluded that Dustin is a top-class striker, but needs to improve his ground game. Consequently, the ‘American Top Team’ fighter showed his concern regarding his future after the loss. He voiced his unease through Twitter by saying, “Not sure what’s next”

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Fans also shared their opinions and suggested Poirier change weight class and work on tackling submissions.

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What should Dustin’s next move be?

Dustin Poirier seemed very emotional at his post-fight press conference following his loss to champion Charles Oliveira at the UFC 269 main event. The 32-year-old American touched on the topic of his future plans and endeavors. Naturally, Poirier revealed he was heartbroken.

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He shared, “I can do anything I put my mind to. I can fight for another belt. Can go on another streak. Can claw and climb and get back to wherever I want to be. It’s just, ‘Do I want to?’ That’s the question I’ve got to look in the mirror and answer. Do I want to do it again? Do I want to go down that road again?”

After his latest defeat, Dustin is ranked No.2 in the UFC lightweight rankings and No.8 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. If Dustin decides to fight again, Michael Chandler will be the perfect match for him. Chandler has also lost to Charles Oliveira before. If Dustin wins a fight against him, a title shot might be in his future again.

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What should be Dustin Poirier’s next move? Should he change his weight class? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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