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Dustin Poirier Eyes UFC Title Combat vs. Islam Makhachev: ‘I Need That Belt’

zach bachar Contributor I March 28, 2024 Megan Briggs/Getty Images Dustin Poirier expressed his interest in a fight with UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev in a social media post on Thursday. “I want that belt,” Poirier wrote in a post on X, tagging Makhachev as well as UFC president Dana White. The Diamond @DustinPoirier I

Dustin Poirier Eyes UFC Title Combat vs. Islam Makhachev: ‘I Need That Belt’

zach bacharContributor IMarch 28, 2024

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Dustin Poirier reacts after defeating Benoit Saint Denis of France in their lightweight bout at UFC 299 at Kaseya Center on March 09, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

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Dustin Poirier expressed his curiosity in a struggle with UFC light-weight champion Islam Makhachev in a social media submit on Thursday.

“I need that belt,” Poirier wrote in a submit on X, tagging Makhachev in addition to UFC president Dana White.

The Diamond @DustinPoirier

I Need that belt @AliAbdelaziz00 @danawhite @MAKHACHEVMMA

Poirier is recent off a powerful victory towards Benoît Saint-Denis at UFC 299 on March 9, securing a swift second-round knockout after shedding two of his earlier three fights.

After taking down Saint Denis, the 35-year-old now owns a report of 30-8 total.

As for Makhachev, his earlier bout was a rematch with Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294 on Oct. 21. He defended his title by knocking out Volkanovski with a left head kick within the opening spherical.

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Makhachev instructed MMA Junkie on March 14 that he can be open to going through Poirier, though he does not imagine that he deserves a shot on the title.

“I do know Dustin doesn’t deserve the title struggle, however we have no possibility proper now,” Makhachev mentioned. “All people is busy. I need to struggle. I need to struggle thrice this 12 months. I’ve to name out somebody, and Poirier is free now. He confirmed a wonderful efficiency and scored a gorgeous knockout. He is free now, he is wholesome, and I requested him to struggle in June.”

“He is beat loads of high guys,” he added. “He is a legend. A struggle with him, it should be good for me – for the historical past, for all the things.”

The light-weight champion adopted it up on Monday by calling out Poirier’s defeats previous to his win at UFC 299, taunting him in a submit on X.

Makhachev Islam @MAKHACHEVMMA

Dustin when you may beat anyone, you would be holding this belt proper now, not me 🤷🏼‍♂️

If the struggle happens, Makhachev might be trying to defend his title towards one of many sport’s most notable figures whereas Poirier has his sights set on a return to the mountaintop.

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