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Islam Makhachev hopes Dustin Poirier does not retire after UFC 302

UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is urging Dustin Poirier not to retire after UFC 302. Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) defends his title against Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 302 (pay-per-view/ESPN2/ESPN+) headliner at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Poirier knocked out highly touted rising contender Benoit Saint Denis to earn his third

Islam Makhachev hopes Dustin Poirier does not retire after UFC 302


UFC light-weight champion Islam Makhachev is urging Dustin Poirier to not retire after UFC 302.

Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) defends his title towards Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 302 (pay-per-view/ESPN2/ESPN+) headliner at Prudential Heart in Newark, N.J.

Poirier knocked out highly touted rising contender Benoit Saint Denis to earn his third crack at undisputed gold. “The Diamond” mentioned Makhachev could possibly be his last combat, however Makhachev thinks Poirier nonetheless has loads of combat left in him whatever the end result.

“He’s outdated, he’s speaking about retirement, however I don’t need him (to) retire after this combat if I beat him,” Makhachev instructed NBC Sports. “This man is harmful. He can beat all people. He’s quantity, like, high 5 on the earth, you understand? That’s why I don’t suppose it’s a good suggestion for him to speak about retiring, as a result of he’s nonetheless a really harmful man. That’s why I’m making ready very exhausting for him.”

As for Makhachev, the champion isn’t involved with what’s subsequent however is open to regardless of the UFC presents.

“I’m simply excited about my subsequent combat,” Makhachev mentioned. “It’s not my job excited about the long run as a result of I’ve a supervisor. I’ve a group. I’m preventing within the UFC. They make the choice. Who they put towards me, I will likely be prepared. It’s going to be Arman (Tsarukyan), or it’s going to be Leon (Edwards), or it’s going to be another person. I will likely be prepared.”

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