Dustin Poirier means business.
After his fourth-round knockout of Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29 this past weekend, ‘The Diamond’ wasted no time in calling for a title fight with newly-minted lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomdov in the post-fight interview.
And, according to Poirier, Nurmagomedov’s management reached out to him and told him that he’s ‘the next guy in line’ for a crack at the lightweight title.
“I think it’s pretty good chances, Tony’s timeline is nine months and we got to see if Conor comes back, maybe he doesn’t. Khabib’s manager reached out to me and told me I’m the next guy in line and they want to fight me,” Poirier said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, per MMA Mania’s Adam Guillen Jr.
Given the timing of his win over Gaethje and the current state of the lightweight division, Poirier could be right.
Ex-interim champ Tony Ferguson is likely out of action for the remainder of the year due to injury, and controversial UFC star Conor McGregor is embroiled in legal drama after his wild outburst at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Irishman is due in court on June 14 on charges of assault and criminal mischief.
Speaking of a potential championship bout with Khabib, Poirier believes he ‘matches up well’ with the feared Dagestani and has the wrestling to fend off his seemingly unstoppable takedowns.
“I feel like my wrestling is very underrated,” Poirier said in a recent interview, per Flo Combat. “My jiu-jitsu can cause some threats. I feel like I match up well with him. I think I’m the guy to do it.”
I'm going to be the world champion this year.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 18, 2018
“There’s always openings, and people make mistakes every fight. I’m sure he’s looking at my fights thinking I made mistakes, too. We’ll break it down more when we sign the contract to fight him.”