‘One More Step Dustin’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov Motivates His Fellow Fighter as Dustin Poirier Reminisces on His Title Loss 2 Years Ago

Published 09/08/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after teammate Islam Makhachev’s victory against Thiago Moises in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier is all set to challenge for the UFC lightweight title before the year ends. The fighter has been in great form recently and has won his last 3 fights comfortably. Now, as the fighter prepares for the title fight, he recently remembered the first time he fought for the title 2 years ago. Poirier had faced Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UFC 242 event and lost that fight via a 3rd round submission.

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‘The Diamond’ recently took to Twitter and talked about that loss. He wrote, “2 years ago today I walked offstage after the press conference. I was heartbroken and unsure of my future. Today I’m preparing for the chance to wrap gold around my waist at the end of the year. Keep grinding and chase your dreams! Let them doubt.”

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When Poirier faced ‘The Eagle’ back on September 7, 2019, he was riding high on a 7 fight unbeaten streak. Through that time, Poirier had faced and defeated fighters like Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, and Max Holloway. Therefore, many expected Poirier to be the one to defeat Nurmagomedov.

However, that could not happen and Poirier was heartbroken because of that. Now since then, Nurmagomedov has retired and Charles Oliveira has become the UFC champion. As Poirier took to Twitter and posted this emotional message about his loss to Nurmagomedov. ‘The Eagle’ was one of the few to reply to Poirier.

Nurmagomedov wrote, “One more step Dustin, Good Luck”. ‘The Eagle’ is one of the greatest UFC champions of all time and was the one who defeated Poirier 2 years ago. Therefore, motivation from Nurmagomedov would certainly mean a lot to Poirier.

What to expect from the fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier?

Poirier will be facing Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight championship any time soon. Coming into this fight, Poirier is riding high on a 3 fight win streak, with 2 of them coming against Conor McGregor at the UFC 257 and UFC 264 event.

Meanwhile, Oliveira has been in tremendous form as of late. The fighter is riding high on a 9 fight win streak and in his last fight defeated Michael Chandler at the UFC 262 event to win the UFC title. ‘Do Bronx’ accumulated various records on his way to the title, most notably the record for most finishes in UFC history.

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However, many people still feel that Oliveira did not deserve the title shot and believe Poirier is the clear favorite against him. While it is tough to determine the result of this fight, one thing is sure that whenever these two talented fighters face each other, it is going to be a treat for all MMA fans.

Do you think Dustin Poirier will defeat Charles Oliveira to become the UFC champion? Let us know the comments.

 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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