Dustin Poirier, Dan Hooker
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Lengthy-time UFC light-weight contender Dustin Poirier acknowledges that he’s getting into the ultimate stretch of his unimaginable MMA profession, and he desires to make his final years of competitors depend.

Poirier is driving an exhilarating, choice victory over New Zealand’s Dan Hooker, which immediately reasserted him as one of many high contenders within the light-weight division.

Talking on the Jim Rome Present a number of weeks after this thrilling victory, Poirier up to date on his targets for the rest of his profession.

“I don’t know; I’m unsure what the choices shall be when the UFC comes again and begins sitting on the desk to make these matches,” Poirier defined (transcript through MMA Junkie).” “It simply must be a extremely massive identify or a title struggle. I’ve been doing this for 10 years within the UFC, and I nonetheless love combating, however I need these fights to imply greater than only a struggle. I don’t need it to simply be a few present and win purse. I need it to actually imply one thing, and I do know I’m within the again 9 of my profession.

“I’ve been combating for some time, I’ve 40 fights, and I need these final 4 or 5 years to actually imply one thing each time I get into the octagon. Not just for me and my household, however for the targets that I’m making an attempt to convey consciousness to and lift cash for and for my profession. I actually wish to go away a legacy.”

Dustin Poirier challenged the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC light-weight title in September of 2019. Whereas he ended up shedding through submission, he did have his moments within the struggle, most notably when he tied the champ up in a really tight guillotine choke.

Outdoors of a rematch with Nurmagomedov, one other thrilling choice for Poirier can be a rematch with MMA megastar Conor McGregor, who he misplaced to in 2014. That being stated, he’s made it clear he prefers the concept of a struggle with Nurmagomedov.

“If the belts weren’t on the road, only for my legacy, I might like to beat Khabib,” Poirier advised MMA Junkie just lately. “No one’s ever beat him. No one’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 may need wished to struggle Conor or struggle anyone who beat me. However I’m simply comfy with every part,” Poirier added. “I’m comfy with my file, with the stuff that I’ve executed, the fights I’ve executed. The fights that I’ve misplaced, I realized my classes and tried to maintain transferring ahead. So I’d actually wish to be the primary one to beat Khabib.”

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