Former interim UFC lightweight titleholder, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier has claimed he won’t be retiring from the sport with a victory at UFC 269 next month. And maintains if he dispatches Charles Oliveira to clinch the undisputed lightweight crown, he will entertain the possibility of moving to the welterweight limit of 170lbs.
In the midst of a three-fight winning spree, Lafayette striker, Poirier headlined UFC Vegas 4 back in June of last year — turning in a Fight of the Year contender in tandem with Dan Hooker en route to an eventual unanimous decision victory.
Hoping to round out a splendid professional year for him with a lightweight title coronation on December 11. — Poirier became the first to finish former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor with strikes in professional mixed martial arts back in January with a second round knockout.
Retaining his #1 rank in the lightweight division back in July, Poirier took home a trilogy rubber match against McGregor — after the latter suffered a fracture of his left tibia in the opening round, resulting in a doctor’s stoppage TKO victory for Poirier.
In the time since his victory and a fantastic run at lightweight, should Poirier defeat the aforenoted, Oliveira next month to grab the lightweight crown, many have hypothesized that the Louisianan will hang up his gloves given his countless accomplishments over the last number of years.
However, when asked about his fighting future post-December during a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Poirier distanced himself from retirement. And welcomed a move to the welterweight division, in fact.
“No, I’m not retiring,” Poirier said. “I’m 32, man. I feel good. You see the way I’m moving out here today. I feel good. I’m having fun, If anything, I’ll go up [a division]. I’ll probably go to 170 — if anything.“
“But no, honestly, my goal isn’t to try to have most successful title defenses,” Poirier revealed. “I don’t know. We’ll see. One day at a time. I can’t look — none of that is even a reality until December 11th. happens, and I get my hand raised. I have to do that before we can even go into these conversations because I don’t know what’s next. I live my life one day at a time, man — a quarter-mile at a time.” (H/T Sportskeeda)
Given his massive frame for the lightweight limit, which he moved to back in 2015, Poirier has been continually linked with a move to the welterweight division during the latter stages of his UFC run — having already bested the likes of McGregor, Hooker, Max Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, Jim Miller, Bobby Green, Diego Ferreira, and Diego Brandao in the promotion.
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