Mike Brown who is a long-time coach of UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier stated that Dustin is the best lightweight in the world at the moment and he is better than the lightweight champion Charles Oliveira. Dustin Poirier is scheduled to fight Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 for the lightweight championship. This will be his second title shot. He previously fought Khabib Nurmagomedov and lost the fight in the second round. Charles Oliveira is coming off a win over Michael Chandler when they both fought for the vacant lightweight title. Now ahead of the title fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira, Dustin’s coach says that his pupil is the best lightweight in the world at the moment.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com’s Mike Heck in a recent interview, Brown explained why he believes Poirier is the best lightweight in the world. He talked about Charles Oliveira and said that though he is the champion he is not the best.
“I give him a lot of respect,” Brown told MMA Fighting during a visit to American Top Team. “I think he’s a fan-favorite, I think people are excited to see him fight and he is the champ. The guy has the most subs in UFC history and this is something special.
“I don’t know, the circle I’m in, the circles I’m involved in, give him a lot of respect. Maybe in the media [or with the fans] that’s the case, but from where I’m sitting he gets a lot of respect.”
“The Diamond” has impressively won seven of eight, and three straight to set himself up for the chance to check off a pivotal goal in his career. Brown believes the championship bout will be interesting to prepare for and should be a lot of fun for the fans to witness in the UFC’s final PPV event of the year, although Brown is confident he’ll be standing in the corner of the world’s best 155er.
“I love the matchup,” Brown said. “It’s exciting. His style, he’s an elite submission grappler, one of the best in the sport and it’s a fun puzzle. But I think Dustin is the best lightweight in the world, without a doubt.
Mike Brown also talked about Dustin Poirier has always came back stronger after facing defeats in his career.
“It shows you that you think you’re out, but one or two fights and you’re right back in there,” Brown explained. “You can never count yourself out, this sport changes so quickly. Sometimes, with the world championship, there’s a little bit of luck involved with timing, promotion, so many things, the luck on the night—sometimes the better fighter doesn’t always win—there are so many things that factor in. “If you look at Dustin’s overall resume, it’s unbelievably impressive.”
- Dustin Poirier next fight is against Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title at UFC 269
- Dustin’s coach says he is the best lightweight in the world
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