Dustin Poirier is out to make historical past.
Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC), who’s competed in opposition to the very best lightweights within the sport, has only a few blemishes on his report.
Since making his professional MMA debut in 2009, the previous UFC interim light-weight champion has solely misplaced six instances in 33 fights.
Though the loss to McGregor (22-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC) in 2014 was a turning level for Poirier, who moved as much as 155 kilos and located a lot success, the McGregor rematch isn’t on his thoughts prefer it as soon as was.
If he needed to decide between the 2, Poirier’s most up-to-date loss to Nurmagomedov (28-Zero MMA, 12-Zero UFC) final September at UFC 242 is the one he’d fairly run again – not as a result of Nurmagomedov is champion, however just because nobody has had a solution for him, and he would like to be the one to resolve the puzzle.
“If the belts weren’t on the road, only for my legacy, I might like to beat Khabib,” Poirier advised MMA Junkie. “No person’s ever beat him. No person’s ever climbed that mountain. I might like to be the primary one. That’s historic. That’s legendary. That’s the stuff I’m out to do. I’m not out for rematches and grudge matches and revenge. I’m a grown man, I don’t maintain that stuff in my coronary heart. I’ve a household and this can be a enterprise to me.
“After I was youthful, I might need needed to battle Conor or battle anyone who beat me. However I’m simply snug with every thing. I’m snug with my report, with the stuff that I’ve carried out, the fights I’ve carried out. The fights that I’ve misplaced, I discovered my classes and tried to maintain transferring ahead. So I’d actually prefer to be the primary one to beat Khabib.”
After shedding to Nurmagomedov, Poirier rebounded with a unanimous resolution win over Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 in the most effective fights of the 12 months to this point to place himself again within the light-weight title image.