With Khabib Nurmagomedov retired, there’s one man Dustin Poirier thinks would give him the hardest outing.
Former interim light-weight champion Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) has solely misplaced as soon as in his previous 10 outings – a title unification bout to then-champion Nurmagomedov.
He’s projected to problem new champ Charles Oliveira subsequent, however when requested who would give him the toughest struggle at 155 kilos if everybody was at his peak, Poirier’s reply wasn’t the champion.
“For a few years now, I think 155 has been one of, if not the toughest, division in the UFC,” Poirier mentioned in an ESPN+ Q&A session hosted by UFC correspondent Laura Sanko. “It’s been top-heavy for a lot of years, with a lot of contenders waiting for their shot. And now there’s new guys in the mix and it’s growing stronger. But right off the top, I don’t really know. I think Khabib would, but he’s not in the mix right now. Maybe Islam (Makhachev) – similar style.”
Having endured Nurmagomedov’s suffocating strain in a third-round submission loss at UFC 242, Poirier is aware of the type of struggle Islam Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) would carry. Poirier not too long ago mentioned Nurmagomedov’s grappling sport was all of the hype, and that’s what many see in his protege Makhachev.
“He’s just so advanced,” Poirier mentioned of Nurmagomedov on American Top Team’s Punchin’ In podcast. “And his ft are like palms. His foot sweeps and the best way it breaks you down, it’s good. He’s good – so good.
“I got smothered, and my goal was to turn it into a fight. I wanted it to be a fight, and he just smothered me and did what he does and I couldn’t stop it. I’ve been grappling a long time.”