Dustin Poirier has been grinding in the sport for quite some time, and now all signs point to him finally getting a lightweight title shot. His previous fight, he beat Max Holloway by decision to become the interim lightweight champion.
Now, the Louisiana native Poirier is set for what will be his hardest fight to date. He is going to take on the undefeated lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has only lost one round in his MMA career. Although the odds are stacked against him, Poirier is confident he has what it takes to win this fight.
“There’s not like one thing that’s glaring at me that we need to work on it’s just my overall game and being a better fighter,” Dustin Poirier said on a recent episode of Below the Belt’s Food Truck Diaries with Brendan Schaub. “We have to make holes by just performing out there. I will and can [get back up after being taken down]. I create space with my Jiu-Jitsu. I don’t think people know how long I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu. As long as I’ve been fighting – before I ever fought. I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu 14 or 15 years, I’m a black belt. I’m gonna create space with submissions and put him in danger and make him have to respect me and then I’ll get up.
“It’s gonna be a scrap but I’m gonna make him make mistakes and we’ll see what happens. If he slows down, it’s gonna go downhill for him. I think with my overall game, I can cause threats and problems for him early on as well. I don’t need him to gas out to win this fight.
“Against all odds, I’ll get it done, man. It’s the story of my life.”
The fight is expected to take place at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi in September.