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Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje Targeted for Spring UFC Event

A lightweight slugfest is in the works for the spring, as Dustin Poirier is expected to square off against Justin Gaethje at an as-yet-to-be determined UFC event.
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Dustin Poirier calls Eddie Alvarez a ‘track team captain,’ willing to sit out for right fight

Despite his recent efforts to bait former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez into a rematch, 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier doesn’t seem to be making much progress.

Still, “Diamond” is dead set on scoring another chance to overthrow “Underground King” after their initial Octagon meeting back at UFC 211 ended in a no contest following illegal knees by Alvarez. Poirier remains adamant that a matchup with Alvarez is the most logical option for both fighters right now in the UFC’s crowded lightweight division.

“It’s the only fight that makes sense right now,” Poirier said in a recent interview with FloCombat. “There are two guys ranked above me right now, but both of them are coming off losses in their most recent fights. I feel like I’m close to the top, but there is a lot going on right now in my division. If they strip Conor [McGregor] of the title and Tony [Ferguson] and Khabib [Nurmagomedov] fight for the actual title, there is no one else for me to fight but Eddie Alvarez. All roads lead back to that fight. I knew it was going to happen like this, and I think Eddie and I should fight to see who gets the next shot at the title.”

There really aren’t many options for both Poirier and Alvarez moving forward. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is on a current hiatus, top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is likely to fight interim champion Tony Ferguson after destroying Edson Barboza at UFC 219, former champion Anthony Pettis just lost to Poirier, Justin Gaethje was just knocked out by Alvarez in a Fight of the Year candidate, Kevin Lee was just submitted by Ferguson, Michael Chiesa was just submitted by Lee, Nate Diaz is essentially holding out for a trilogy bout with “Notorious,” and Michael Johnson recently moved down to 145 pounds.

That said, Poirier can only lobby for so long. And if he isn’t able to land a rematch with Alvarez, “Diamond” is willing to sit on the sidelines until the right offer comes along.

“I can’t be like that crazy ex-girlfriend that follows you around everywhere and hopes you are going to fall back in love with them,” Poirier explained. “I have to keep it moving and life goes on. I can’t make the guy fight me, and neither can the UFC it appears. I heard last week [the UFC] offered Alvarez the fight three separate times and he and his team declined all three. I think it’s kind of funny the ‘Underground King’ or the ‘King of Violence’ whatever that sh-t he’s saying. Turns out he’s actually the f-cking track team captain. We’ll see what happens though. If the UFC calls me with a fight that makes sense then we’ll do it. If the fight is a good opportunity for me and can move me toward the ultimate goal then I’m in. If not, then I’ll wait for the right fight to come along.”

Considering Poirier has amassed a 6-1, 1 NC record since moving up from featherweight back in 2015, he’s going to be a major player in the lightweight division this year and next. But in order to make a move towards title contention Poirier will need the opportunity to defeat quality opponents like Alvarez.

Maybe this guy will finally move up in weight and give Poirier another crack at a former UFC champion.

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Midnight Mania! Poirier says Nurmagomedov worse for McGregor than Ferguson is

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Poirier thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov is a tougher matchup for Conor McGregor than Tony Ferguson is.

I think Tony would have a higher percentage of getting caught with a big shot. He fights with his head up a lot, he’s long and lanky, he kind of uses unorthodox footwork that puts him out of position a lot. He’s a good wrestler for sure, but he’s not as grinding and as gritty as a Khabib who’s just going to walk you down and put you against the fence and stuff. Definitely Tony can control guys and get on top of him and win rounds like that, or even submit guys, but I just think its a tougher fight for Conor.

Nurmagomedov recently mauled 4th-ranked Edson Barboza, and likely finds himself looking at a long-anticipated matchup with interim champion Tony Ferguson. The winner of that bout seems likely to welcome McGregor back to lightweight, with recent comments from Dana White pointing to this summer. All of that is subject to change, of course, with the UFC’s seeming intransigence to McGregor’s demands likely making negotiations an extended process.

Poirier is more than just an interested observer. He in a good position in the division himself, with his recent win over Pettis leaving him ranked 6th in the UFC at 155 pounds. He was campaigning for a rematch with Eddie Alvarez after their first fight ended in a no-contest, but Alvarez has seemingly no interest in that fight, viewing it as a step backwards.


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Midnight Mania! Dustin Poirier has two wrapped gifts for Eddie Alvarez this Christmas

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Dustin Poirier wants to make sure Eddie Alvarez has a very merry Christmas. He’s made that pretty clear.

He also doesn’t believe Eddie is getting anything else for Christmas, so he might as well take the stocking full of whoop-ass Poirier wants to serve up.

Their first fight, which ended in a no-contest after Alvarez landed a couple illegal knees, was shaping up to be an all-time classic, and they both won their subsequent fights via gritty third-round stoppage. Eddie Alvarez stopped Justin Gaethje cold at UFC 218, while Dustin Poirier made Anthony Pettis quit back at UFC: Norfolk. Nothing could make more sense- but Alvarez claims a rematch with Poirier would be a step backwards. But that’s what’s great about this matchup- neither man likes to take a step back.


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Nah. Jaguar chokes are different.

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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Next matches to make for ‘Poirier vs Pettis’ main card winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Nov. 11, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 120, which took place inside Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The Fox Sports 1 event featured a Lightweight bout that saw Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis put on a blood way which ended in “Showtime” tapping to an apparent injury, giving Dustin the win (see it again here).

In the co-main event, Matt Brown absolutely annihilated Diego Sanchez with a vicious elbow in the very first round to put a bow on his MMA career (see it again here).

Winner: Dustin Poirier

Who He Should Fight Next: Alvarez vs Gaethje winner

In what proved to be an entertaining, back-and-forth bloody war, Poirier earned a massive win over the former Lightweight champion of the world after Pettis tapped in the third and final round from what seemed to be a busted up rib cage. Nevertheless, prior to his callout, I had Poirier lined up to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje at UFC 218. And since “The Diamond” wants it, too, I don’t see why UFC matchmakers wouldn’t oblige. It would give Poirier a chance to re-do the dance with Alvarez, or face a “Highlight”-making machine in Gaethje. Either way, it’s a good time all around.

Winner: Matt Brown

Who He Should Fight Next: ???

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Winner: Cezar Ferreira

Who He Should Fight Next: Kryzysztof Jotko

Cezar has been trying his hardest to break into the top 15. And after taking out Nate Marquardt last night in Norfolk, he’s getting closer. A matchup — and more importantly a win — over Jotko can basically get him there. Jotko has dropped his previous two outings, but he is still hanging on to the No. 13 ranking at Middleweight. A win over Ferreira can not only get him back on track, but assure his spot among the best middleweights in the world. For Cezar, taking out a ranked opponent more than likely assures him taking his spot.

Winner: Andrei Arlovski

Who He Should Fight Next: Stefan Struve

Arlovksi finally got back on the winning track, breaking his five-fight losing streak by outlasting Junior Albini in Virginia in a hard-fought battle. Despite getting back inot the winners circle, don’t expect for “The Pitbull” to start taking on the cream of the crop so soon. That’s going to take some time. Until then, I’d like to see him face off against Struve, he came up short against Alexander Volkov in his last fight. There aren’t a whole lot of other options that make sense for either man, and the fight would make for a fresh one, as they have yet to face one another.

Winner: Raphael Assuncao

Who He Should Fight Next: John Lineker

Both Raphael and Lineker proved victorious in their previous bouts against Mathew Lopez and Marlon Vera, respectively, and both of their previous losses came to the current champion, T.J. Dillashaw. And since they are ranked at No. 4 (Assuncao) and No. 5 (Lineker) matching them up against one another makes sense. The win won’t necessarily get them a title shot, but could set them up for a No. 1 contenders bout, which will likely get them closer to a rematch against “The Viper.”

Winner: Clay Guida

Who He Should Fight Next: Francisco Trinaldo

Guida has looked great since moving back up to Lightweight, winning two in a row including his latest victory, a first round technical knockout victory over Joe Lauzon in what was his 25th fights inside the Octagon (see it again here). Still, “The Carpenter” has to put a bit more work in if he wants to crack the top 15, as the division is stacked with contenders. That said, it only makes sense to have him take on the No. 15 ranked fighter in Francisco Trinaldo. The Brazilian bomber got back on the winning track just a few weeks ago by taking out Jim Miller. Both Francisco and Clay like to bang, so the bout will definitely deliver in that area and allow each man to raise his stock in a very crowded division.

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