‘The Fire Went Out’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains What Has Gone Wrong for Dustin Poirier

Published 01/02/2022, 1:38 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 04: Dustin Poirier holds an open training session for fans and media at Yas Mall on September 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Even though Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired from professional fighting, he is still very popular across the globe. Recently, ‘The Eagle’ spoke about his former opponent, Dustin Poirier. Poirier is coming off a recent loss to the UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

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Poirier took on Oliveira at the UFC 269 event last year on the 11th of December. He lost the fight in the second round via submission. During a recent presser, Nurmagomedov gave his thoughts on Dustin’s current situation.

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A fan asked Khabib about Poirier’s condition after the fight at UFC 269. He tried to explain his thoughts in simple language, to make the fan understand him better. He compared Poirer’s hunger to that of a man who starts his own business. “ In the beginning, he is on fire. He is moving forward, his business is developing. But after comes a time when he goes out. He wants to withdraw money and start a new business,” he explained. 

Khabib went on to say,” The same thing could happen with the fighter. There is a fire, a hunger. There is a time when you want it very much. Then comes a time when you still want, but not so hard. It happened (to Poirier) when the fire went out, but there are still numbers in a contract.”

Nurmagomedov feels that Dustin has lost the fire he had inside of him when he first started off as a professional fighter.

What’s next for Dustin Poirier?

There is no doubt that Poirier was extremely disappointed following his recent loss against Oliveira. In his entire career as a professional fighter, Poirier has chased the championship title. However, this was his second shot and second loss in a title fight.

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Recently there have been speculations that we might see Poirier move up a weight class and take on Colby Covington next. Covington is very keen on taking on Poirier and has been taking shots at him for quite some time now.

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)

Another possible opponent for the fighter is Nate Diaz. The two have an animosity that has been brewing ever since their first bout got canceled back at UFC 230.

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Who do you want to see ‘The Diamond’ take on next? Please do let us know in the comments section below.

 

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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