Former interim UFC lightweight gold holder, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier has long been linked with a move to the promotion’s 170lbs welterweight limit, despite continued success at his 155lbs lightweight home. But if he scoops the undisputed crown at lightweight, he has insisted he would entertain a possible effort to dethrone Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, or whoever has the title upon his move.
Lafayette native, Poirier, a former featherweight standout has landed at lightweight with aplomb since his move back in April 2015 — establishing an astonishing 12-2(1) record in the ranks as well as lifting interim title spoils.
The Louisianan is currently ranked as the #1 lightweight in the UFC’s official pile and is widely expected to challenge undisputed gold holder, Charles Oliveira for the championship before the culmination of this year, off the back of a pair of stoppage victories over former two-weight kingpin, Conor McGregor and City Kickboxing standout, Dan Hooker.
Speaking during a recent ESPN+ Q&A session with UFC analyst and roving reporter, Laura Sanko, Poirier was asked if he would ever consider moving to the welterweight pile if he defeats Oliveira in their expected pairing. And by all accounts, it appears to be a move he would welcome with open arms.
“Of course I would,” Poirier said. “Those are some big guys (at welterweight), man. But we’ll see; I definitely think I can fight at 170(lbs), you know. Honestly, now at 155(lbs), my metabolism has caught up. When I was cutting to 145(lbs), between fights I would get a lot heavier than now.“
American Top Team staple, Poirier also revealed that his current walking around weight is close to the region of 182lbs, as well as maintaining that a cut of 12-lbs to the welterweight championship limit is well within reach.
“I just think my body and my metabolism was getting messed up and holding on to a lot of weight,” Poirier explained. “I would shoot up to 190(lbs) when I was fighting at 145(lbs). Now I don’t even get past 182(lbs). It was kind of the max I walk around at. But I think I could fight at 170(lbs) as well.“
Interestingly, Poirier’s interest in a possible move to the welterweight limit lands in a similar timeframe to the UFC 268 title rematch between the aforenoted, Usman and Poirier’s former American Top Team teammate, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington — with the latter persistently declaring his interest in settling his rivalry with Poirier in the Octagon before the close of their respective careers.
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