Dustin Poirier is hotter than ever right now after beating Conor McGregor twice in 2021.
After the first big win over McGregor, “The Diamond” made it clear that the time away from family training was bothering him. He still came back for the Big Money trilogy fight against McGregor, and now there’s a title shot ahead, but what happens after that?
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Poirier again hinted at the possibility that he won’t have much to do after winning the undisputed UFC lightweight title.
“For me it was the goal from the beginning to be the undisputed world champion,” said Poirier. “If I can tick this box, then I’ve done everything in mixed martial arts.”
And while he revealed that the UFC has still not contacted him to start a title shot against current 155-pound champion Charles Oliveira, he is already clearly intent on beating “Do Bronx”.
“Oliveira is a very dangerous guy,” said Poirier. “I think he’s getting better and better in his hitting, hitting boys, he’s been long especially for this weight class and I think he’s probably the best jujitsu practitioner on the UFC squad right now.”
“He’s aggressive and very offensive with his Jiu-Jitsu. Not only does he use it to protect himself or get out of bad positions, he attacks people with it and ends fights with it, so he is a very dangerous opponent who did his part and fought in the UFC for a long time.
What happens after the fight with Oliveira … well, that really depends on how it goes. But when asked if he would try to put together a long line of title defenses, Dustin once again seemed less enthusiastic about the idea.
“We’ll see the man,” he said. “I’ll probably just go and sell hot sauce.”
Given how good Khabib’s reputation looked after getting away with a win, we can’t blame Poirier for perhaps believing a belt win would be a pretty solid cap to a great career.