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Islam Makhachev Urges ‘Old’ Dustin Poirier Not To Retire After UFC 302 – “He Can Beat Everybody”

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In the lead-up to UFC 302, lightweight contender Dustin Poirier has been contemplating retirement. However, his opponent, Islam Makhachev, has a different perspective. Makhachev believes that Poirier still has much to offer and should reconsider hanging up his gloves.

Makhachev acknowledges that Poirier is no longer a young fighter. At 34 years old, Poirier has been in the game for quite some time. But age doesn’t necessarily equate to diminished skills. Poirier’s recent performances against top-tier opponents, including Conor McGregor and Charles Oliveira, demonstrate that he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

Islam Makhachev Opens up on Dustin Poirier’s Retirement Talk

Makhachev doesn’t underestimate Poirier’s abilities. He describes him as “dangerous” and believes that Poirier can defeat anyone in the division. Poirier’s striking, grappling, and overall fight IQ make him a formidable opponent. Makhachev’s respect for Poirier’s skill set is evident, and he wants to face the best version of Poirier in the octagon.

“[Dustin] is old, he’s talking about retiring but don’t want [him to] retire after this fight… This guy is dangerous, he can beat everybody… he’s like top five in the world… I don’t think it’s good idea for him talking about [retirement].”Islam Makhachev told @NBCSports.

 

While Poirier has openly discussed retirement, Islam Makhachev hopes that this fight won’t be the last we see of “The Diamond.” He believes that Poirier’s experience and talent are valuable assets to the sport. Retirement decisions are deeply personal, but Makhachev’s plea is clear: “Don’t retire, Dustin.”

The Clash at UFC 302

As the fight approaches, fans eagerly await the showdown between Poirier and Islam Makhachev. Whether it’s Poirier’s swan song or a continuation of his storied career, one thing is certain: both fighters will leave it all in the cage. Makhachev’s desire to test himself against the best version of Poirier adds an extra layer of anticipation to this high-stakes matchup.

In the end, retirement decisions are multifaceted. Poirier must weigh his options carefully. But for now, Makhachev hopes that Poirier will reconsider and continue to be a part of the lightweight division’s elite ranks.

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