Dustin Poirier has plans to drag the undisputed king of the lightweight division Khabib Nurmagomedov into deep waters when the octagon doors close at UFC 242.
Poirier will attempt to do what twenty-seven men to date could not in finding a way to defeat the Russian, a tall task but one he is no doubt confident in figuring out on the back of his UFC 236 interim-title beatdown of featherweight champion Max Holloway.
The fight served as a real statement from Dustin about his intentions at 155lbs. As one of the foremost fighters to have truly found themselves after forgoing a strenuous weight-cut, Poirier’s run at 155lb has seen him defeat some of the sport’s most decorated names on his way to his first shot at undisputed glory.
Speaking during his recent appearance at the UFC 242 press conference, The Diamond explained how the trials and tribulations that have led him to this point will be the difference between the two once the going gets tough.
“Experience, self-belief, my mindset. I’m focused on making history, and that’s all I care about.
“That’s what the next 11 weeks of my life are doing to be: to prepare for 25 minutes, to do whatever I have to do to get my hand raised.
“I don’t need to find huge holes – the guy’s good, you know? I can’t sit up here and say anything bad about the guy – he’s good. He’s a world champ.
“But I’m going to make things happen in there and bring him to places he’s never been in there. So that’s just it.”
“I’ve learned that I can count on myself, that I can trust me. Adversity introduces a man to himself, and I’ve been through it, man.
“So I’m well acquainted, and I’m ready to rock.” (via MMAJunkie)
The lightweight championship will be unified on September 7 in Abu Dhabi as Dustin Poirier looks to hand the reigning, defending champion Khabib Nurmagomedov the first loss of his career in the night’s main-event.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena