Dustin Poirier ‘90% sure’ he will fight at UFC welterweight
UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier is “90% sure” that he will fight welterweight in the UFC before he retires or leaves the promotion.
Arriving on MMA’s biggest stage as a featherweight and fighting there until 2015, Poirier has met with immense success since rising to 155 pounds. In the seven years since, “The Diamond” has gone 12-2 (1 NC). After racking up a trio of consecutive wins over Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez, Poirier had his first chance at gold in the first interim title clash against Max Holloway.
After a victory over “Blessed”, Poirier failed to become the undisputed champion when he faced the undefeated great Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019. But since the crushing defeat, the Louisiana has struggled to return to the top in such a way extremely impressive.
After a triumph over Fight of the Night’s decision over Dan Hooker last summer, Poirier reversed his rivalry with Conor McGregor, beating the Irishman twice in 2021 to drop the score from 0-1 to 2-1 .
After a lucrative year, Poirier will look to wrap up by securing his place on the lightweight throne this weekend. To do so, he will have to overtake reigning defending champion Charles Oliveira.
Poirier sees future at 170 pounds
While he is undoubtedly at the peak of his game as a lightweight, talks about a possible stint in the welterweight division have been around for a long time, largely due to his very public feud with his ex-teammate. Colby Covington, who disputed the title of the 170 pounds. twice.
While a recent interview with RT Sport MMA, Poirier was asked if he sees a UFC 269 win this weekend leading to immediate volume all the way to welterweight, or if he plans to have to defend the title first, a scenario that would see him probably send him back with consensus number one contender Gaethje.
“I don’t like to look that far. Saturday night has to come first, but right off the bat I think I’ll have to defend the belt… I mean, the whole top 10 ranking system in the UFC at lightweight is tough. There are a lot of guys with long winning streaks. There are new recruits in the mix. There are a lot of opponents that could be my next potential opponent, so we’ll see, man. I don’t like to look that far.
Although he intends to stay light for the immediate future, Poirier has provided a good deal of hope for those who wish to see a Poirier welterweight before he leaves the sport. According to “The Diamond,” there’s a good chance he’ll compete as a 170lber before his UFC time is up.
“I’m not sure (who I could face in welterweight) we’ll see. As we just said, raising my hand on Saturday night, I’m going to stay here at 55 and fight again. I don’t know when this move to welterweight will be. But I’m pretty sure, I’d say I’m 90% sure that before it’s all said and done, I’ll fight 170 pounds in the UFC.
Before thinking too much about yet another weight increase, Poirier will have to pass Oliveira in the main event of UFC 269. While many continue to underestimate “Do Bronx” and discredit his champion status, Poirier does. take it lightly and know the threat it poses to its title aspirations.
Who would you like to see Dustin Poirier face if he ends up making the switch to welterweight?