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Islam Makhachev Fires Back at Dustin Poirier

LockerRoom Team
26 March 2024

A potential clash between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier looms large in the lightweight division, but the war of words between the two fighters is heating up as they jockey for position in the title picture.

Poirier recently expressed his eagerness for a showdown with the reigning lightweight champion, asserting that he's the only fight he's interested in right now. In a bold statement, Poirier emphasized his extensive experience in MMA, declaring, "I’ve done more in the sport of mixed martial arts than he has. I’ve been around a long time. I was doing this before it was cool, and I’m still here — still here doing it at the highest level. I can beat anybody in the world, and I hope he’s next."

Makhachev wasted no time in responding to Poirier's comments, taking to social media to deliver a cutting retort. "Dustin, if you could beat anybody, you’d be holding this belt right now, not me," Makhachev wrote, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the two formidable lightweights.

Boasting an impressive record of 25-1, Makhachev has established himself as a dominant force in the division, with his sole loss coming via knockout to Adriano Martins in October 2015. His recent conquest of Charles Oliveira to claim the lightweight title at UFC 280, followed by successful title defenses against Alexander Volkanovski, further solidify his status as one of the division's elite.

Meanwhile, Poirier's credentials are equally noteworthy, with the Louisiana native amassing a UFC record of 22-7 (1 no-contest) and capturing an interim lightweight title in April 2019. Known for his thrilling performances and highlight-reel finishes, Poirier's recent victory over Benoit Saint Denis at UFC 299 has only bolstered his case for a title shot.

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As tensions escalate between Makhachev and Poirier, fans eagerly await confirmation of their potential clash, which could take place at an event this summer. With both fighters staking their claim to lightweight supremacy, the stage is set for an epic showdown that promises fireworks inside the Octagon.

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