UFC president Dana White recently outlined his plans on the future of the UFC lightweight division, and he has now addressed where top contender Dustin Poirier fits into the mix.
Poirier (24-5, 1NC) could have gone 3-0 in the UFC last year had he not pulled out of a fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 230 citing a hip injury. “The Diamond” picked up stoppage victories against Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje earlier that year.
With a fight between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson looking likely to materialise when Khabib returns from his suspension, and Conor McGregor keen on a fight with Donald Cerrone, White discussed where Poirier fits into the picture at 155-pounds.
“Yeah I talked to him too, he’s fired up and wants a shot too,” White told MMAJunkie. “You know the problem is, and it’s a good problem to have, that division is so stacked. It’s the same thing with the middleweight division.
“If you look at the middleweight division and the 155-pound division from the champion all the way down to number ten, it’s ridiculous. So you’re going to have a lot of guys wanting that title shot, and that’s a great thing.”
White wasn’t clear on what is next for Poirier and avoided hinting at any potential opponents by stating they will “get him out there” soon.