Interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier has vowed to add Khabib Nurmagomedov in his list of victims as they are slated to lock horns in the cage this September.
‘The Diamond’ earned a shot at the undisputed title after he captured the interim lightweight title with a convincing victory over Max Holloway at UFC 236.
Nurmagomedov, the current 155-pound kingpin, has admitted that he was impressed by Poirier’s performance against the featherweight champion and is confident that their unification bout would be one for the books.
The unification bout is being targeted for the main event of UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7.
Nurmagomedov said he is not going to take Poirier lightly as he plans to maul him in the cage just like what he did to his previous opponents.
Despite this threat, Poirier is not showing any signs of concern as he believes he can beat anybody in this world even the undefeated lightweight champion.
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— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 14, 2019
Skins On The Wall
Now at 17-4 in the UFC, Poirier boasts a resume he called ‘skins on the wall’ after scoring wins against big names such as Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, and Justin Gaethje.
And for his next target, he wants Khabib’s skin to be hung on his wall as Poirier aims to become the first fighter to put a stain on the Russian’s win-loss record.
“I can beat anybody in the world. Khabib’s skin is going up next,” Poirier said in a recent interview with MMA Junkie.
“I can beat anybody in the world. I just need to put the work in and show up in the moment, ready to perform, and I can beat anybody.”
“It’s prestigious to be the first person to give Khabib that L.”
“Me being the interim champ, it’s a piece of the world title. I understand that. We have to unify the belts.”
— SportsDebatable (@SportsDebatable) May 2, 2019
Looking For An Upset
But dealing Nurmagomedov his first loss is always easier said than done.
Aside from being the competition’s best grappler, Khabib, the first Muslim UFC champion, will also get a significant boost from the crowd if the unification bout takes place in Abu Dhabi.
Poirier is aware of the so-called “home court advantage”, but it will no stop him from pulling a major shocker against the undefeated lightweight champion.
“That’s a big challenge to go over there. Probably one of the biggest Muslim stars, sports stars for sure.”
“To go into enemy territory and fight their guy is going to be a huge challenge.”
“But that’s what you sign up for. He’s the champ. I can’t say anything about it. I’ve got a long climb to go over there and pull off the upset.”
Can Dustin Poirier shock the MMA world at UFC 242? Or will Khabib remain spotless?
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