With more than ten years of experience in the UFC, Justin Poirier has more than established a reputation for himself.
The closest he’s been to winning the lightweight title, though, was when he dethroned Max Holloway at UFC 236 in April 2019. In his subsequent match, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated him for the title, and “The Eagle” unified the belts.At UFC 242 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in September 2019, he squared off against Nurmagomedov. Since rejoining the division in 2015 after a brief stay in the featherweight category, Poirier has a chance to win the title for the first time.
At UFC 242 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in September 2019, he squared off against Nurmagomedov. Since rejoining the division in 2015 after a brief stay in the featherweight category, Poirier has a chance to win the title for the first time.Everyone anticipated Nurmagomedov to dominate because he was the overwhelming favourite going into the fight.
Dustin Poirier was under pressure from Khabib Nurmagomedov the moment the bell rang. After a few blows, he easily brought his opponent to the ground.The native of Louisiana could only persevere through the third round before becoming weary. In the third round, Nurmagomedov used a rear-naked choke from the top position to win.
After putting in so many years of work, Dustin Poirier was dissatisfied with his performance and felt he could have done much better.This Saturday at UFC 281, when he takes on Michael Chandler, he hopes to earn a third shot at the championship. The champion, Islam Makhachev, will almost certainly challenge the fight’s victor.
Poirier was devastated by his defeat against “The Eagle.” The Louisiana native’s only standout moment came when he put “The Eagle” in a choke grip but was unable to maintain it. He described his reaction to the loss as follows:
“I feel like, if I want to, I still have a lot of fights in me. It’s just that these kinds of career-defining situations are rare; this was only my 41st mixed martial arts match.
In addition, I feel like I’ll have to deal with tonight for the rest of my life because it took me 14 years of mixed martial arts training and 41 fights to get here. I compete to win the world championship; I don’t fight for the sake of fighting.”