Dustin Poirier Makes His Pick for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor • MMA News
Dustin Poirier has little question in his thoughts that he might be competing for a UFC title in 2019.
The highest 5 ranked light-weight hopes to safe his spot because the No. 1 contender with a victory over former champion Eddie Alvarez this weekend in Calgary at UFC on FOX 30.
Whereas nothing is assured even with a win, Poirier believes his physique of labor speaks for itself and there might be no denying him as soon as he earns the victory towards a former title holder.
That being stated, Poirier additionally understands win over Alvarez and a assured title shot would doubtless lead to an extended layoff as a result of present image that’s painted at 155 kilos.
Light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is predicted to welcome Conor McGregor again to the Octagon later this yr with the extremely anticipated showdown prone to happen in both October or November. Former interim champion Tony Ferguson remains to be looming as properly however as he recovers from knee surgical procedure there’s been no precise timeline on his return to motion.
So when requested who he believes he would face for a light-weight title subsequent yr, Poirier needed to give some critical thought to the present panorama within the division and who could be left standing if Nurmagomedov faces McGregor subsequent as anticipated.
“It’s really tough for me to say. It’s so hard for me to pick out of Conor and Khabib,” Poirier stated in an unique interview forward of UFC on FOX 30. “I feel Khabib beats Tony Ferguson. I’m leaning in the direction of Khabib nonetheless however Conor can actually punch and he’s an incredible athlete. We noticed Khabib battle for a number of takedowns towards Iaquinta, not taking something from the man, the man is aware of wrestle and he trains with nice guys and he’s an incredible fighter himself.
“But if Conor can get him tired and get him leaning for that big shot…but I’d still lean towards Khabib.”
That being stated, Poirier has stood within the pocket with McGregor after they have been each competing at 145 kilos and he is aware of simply how harmful the previous two-division champion could be along with his arms.
Whereas most consider Nurmagomedov’s wrestling would negate McGregor’s energy on the ft, Poirier cautions all people from followers to specialists breaking down the battle to not underestimate what the Irishman brings into the Octagon in that potential battle.
“He’s a very dangerous fighter, he adapts to things and he evolves very quickly,” Poirier stated about McGregor. “When he first got here into the UFC, he might not have been an incredible wrestler however I assure you he can cease some pictures now and he can nonetheless punch.
“We’ll see. It’s an interesting fight. It really is.”
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