Speaking after his UFC on Fox victory over Justin Gaethje, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier announced that it was now ‘his time’ for a lightweight title shot.
With over 20 UFC fights under his belt, Dustin Poirier now feels that he deserves a shot at the 155 lbs crown.
Tony Ferguson was supposed to fight for the undisputed title at UFC 223 only to be forced to withdraw with injury while Conor McGregor also looks set to extend his absence with the Irishman now facing a nasty legal scenario after his conduct at the Barclays Centre.
As such, speaking on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Poirier claimed that the Russian’s team now see him as Khabib’s next realistic opponent.
“I think it’s pretty good chances. Tony’s timeline is nine months and we got to see if Conor comes back, maybe he doesn’t. Khabib’s manager reached out to me and told me I’m the next guy in line and they want to fight me.”
Speaking about his rivalry with Eddie Alvarez and their infamous ‘No Contest’ battle at UFC 211, Poirier claimed that the ‘Underground King’ has now dodged a rematch on five occasions and that, had Alvarez accepted the promotion’s latest proposal, he would have received a title shot at UFC 223.
“The Eddie thing, we tried to get that fight and a lot of things went on behind the scenes in the last few months before me and Justin got booked. I haven’t told anybody this, because I didn’t want to talk about it in preparation for my fight, but me an Eddie were offered a rematch on the Brooklyn card that Khabib and Tony Ferguson were on,” said Poirier.
“My management told me pretty much they were trying to book this fight because if they fall out one of you guys were going to replace them. I accepted the fight and Eddie turned it down. This was months ago, Eddie is ranked higher than me and he could’ve probably fought for the belt.”