Last month in an amazing five rounds of war, Dustin Poirier defeated UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway who moved up in weight class at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia to fight for the interim lightweight title.
After the fight, Poirier called out Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenged him for the title. Even Nurmagomedov has later said that he wants to fight Khabib. Although there are talks of both of them fighting at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7.
Dustin Poirier revealed on a recent edition of Below the Belt’s Food Truck Diaries with Brendan Schaub that he is banking on his Jiu-Jitsu to keep the Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at bay.
“There’s not like one thing that’s glaring at me that we need to work on it’s just my overall game and being a better fighter,” Poirier said. “We have to make holes by just performing out there. I will and can [get back up after being taken down]. I create space with my Jiu-Jitsu. I don’t think people know how long I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu. As long as I’ve been fighting – before I ever fought. I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu 14 or 15 years, I’m a black belt. I’m gonna create space with submissions and put him in danger and make him have to respect me and then I’ll get up.
“It’s gonna be a scrap but I’m gonna make him make mistakes and we’ll see what happens. If he slows down, it’s gonna go downhill for him. I think with my overall game, I can cause threats and problems for him early on as well. I don’t need him to gas out to win this fight.
“Against all odds, I’ll get it done, man. It’s the story of my life.”
Who do you think wins this fight?