Who is Dustin Poirier Going to Fight?
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Dustin Poirier has been without a fight since he had to pull out of his scheduled bout with Nate Diaz in November. He appears to be rearing to go, and has had no problems calling out various elite Lightweights. Here, I will go through some of those, as well as one or two of my own, and give the likeliness the fight happens.
I couldn’t let this one go. The tweet is gold. I love the fact that he called out Ferguson. Unfortunately, I don’t see the UFC booking this one. I think that Tony’s ONLY potential fights at this point are Conor, Max, or Khabib. So, for Dustin, it seems like a bit too high of a reach at this point. I would, however, love to see this fight at some point. LIKELINESS: 20%
Poirier has recently called for a fight against Conor McGregor, whether it be an interim belt fight at 155 or a chirstening of the much talked about 165 lb. division. This is another fight that makes more sense for Poirier than it does for his opponent. McGregor handed Poirirer one of his two losses in the last four years, and he also happens to be the biggest draw in the sport’s history. I think this fight is a little more likely than the Ferguson one, as McGregor is coming off of a loss and, assuming he doesn’t force his way back into the title picture immediately, he could look for a fight against a Poirier-type to try to get a win under his belt before contending for the strap again. However, if that is what he chooses to do, I think a Nate Diaz rubber match is more likely. The “Pea-Headed Hillbilly” will likely not get this fight either. LIKELINESS: 35%
I’ll keep this short and sweet. It was a miracle Diaz signed the first bout agreement. I don’t see it happening again, not unless it is for Conor McGregor. I do not like Mr. Diaz, and I will rest my case there. LIKELINESS: 10%
At the end of the day, Poirier is in a tough spot in the division. He is ranked #3, but the two guys ahead of him are the most deserving challenger in the division, and the biggest draw in the sport who can book a fight against anyone on the roster. It makes sense for Poirier, who has only lost once at 155 pounds in the UFC, to want to keep advancing, but he may have to settle for more of a Kevin Lee, Edson Barboza type of guy until some fights get booked at the top of the division. It really sucks for a guy that has won 4 straight, beating two former Lightweight champions in the process. I feel for him, but I don’t see a way out of it (Which means he’s going to fight someone that he’s called out I’m sure).
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