Dustin Poirier Eyes ‘Fun’ Fights At Welterweight, Weighing Up Potential Lightweight Future

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 19, 2022

    Former interim UFC lightweight titleholder, Dustin Poirier has insisted that should he make his much-speculated second division leap to the welterweight limit, there would be some interesting projective fights available to him, however, maintains he has yet to decide on his future in the lightweight division.

    Poirier, who most recently featured at UFC 269 back in December, headlined the event in an undisputed lightweight championship challenge against defending gold holder, Charles Oliveira – suffering an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke loss.

    In the time since, Poirier has maintained that the only fight that currently interests him is a rebooking against one-time lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz at the welterweight limit.

    And despite initial interest from both parties, as well as the UFC to rework a bout between the two – as soon as UFC 270 this weekend, or UFC 271 on February 12. – plans have since been firmly abandoned by the organization.

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    The Louisianan puncher has also been linked to another grudge match against former interim welterweight titleholder and former American Top Team training partner, Colby Covington in a projected welterweight move, however, the latter is slated to headline UFC 272 on March 5. in a grudge match of his own against former friend and teammate, Jorge Masvidal.

    Weighing up his future and next step during a recent AMA with UFC roving reporter and broadcaster, Megan Olivi in association with Crypto.com – Poirier insisted there were some “fun” matchups available to him with a move to 170lbs, as well as questioning himself if he wants to embark on another lengthy path back to a lightweight title siege.

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    “I’ve done it before, you know,” Dustin Poirier said. “I’ve moved up before in the midst of the unknown and the uncertain… I don’t know, we’ll see. I can still make 55… I can still make the cut, do I want to make it (the lightweight limit) five more times to get another title shot? I don’t know where I’m at with that. It’s still kind of murky and undecided, but there are fun fights for me at 170.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

    Before his lightweight title challenge loss to Oliveira, Poirier had secured a three-fight winning run, first taking a unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker in June 2020, before becoming the first to stop former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor via strikes via a second round knockout at UFC 257 back in January of last year.

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    In a July rubber trilogy bout at UFC 264, Poirier emerged with a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO victory over the Dubliner, who had suffered a fracture of his left tibia in the closing exchanges of the opening round.