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Justin Gaethje: Dustin Poirier has ‘achieved a lot on this sport,’ cannot complain every time he will get UFC title shot

Justin Gaethje has no bitterness whatsoever towards Dustin Poirier for getting the next title shot. Gaethje (25-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) knocked out Poirier last July at UFC 291 to position himself as No. 1 contender, but opted to take another fight over waiting. He was knocked out by Max Holloway at UFC 300 in April.

Justin Gaethje: Dustin Poirier has ‘achieved a lot on this sport,’ cannot complain every time he will get UFC title shot


Justin Gaethje has no bitterness by any means in the direction of Dustin Poirier for getting the subsequent title shot.

Gaethje (25-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) knocked out Poirier last July at UFC 291 to place himself as No. 1 contender, however opted to take one other combat over ready. He was knocked out by Max Holloway at UFC 300 in April. On the identical evening, Arman Tsarukyan defeated Charles Oliveira.

Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) took out Benoit Saint Denis at UFC 299 in March, and wound up getting the subsequent title shot after Tsarukyan couldn’t make a fast turnaround. “The Diamond” challenges light-weight champion Islam Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) within the UFC 302 headliner June 1 at Prudential Heart in Newark, N.J.

“I believe underneath the circumstances, he deserves it,” Gaethje stated on Poirier in an interview with Title Sports Network. “The 2 contenders that got here, Max Holloway and Arman Tsarukyan each simply fought.

“Tsarukyan wasn’t (keen to show round shortly, so) Poirier is the subsequent most suitable choice. He’s achieved a lot on this sport that you could’t actually ever complain when he will get a title shot.”

Each Gaethje and Poirier had been submitted by Makhachev’s mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov in title fights. Whereas “The Spotlight” doesn’t view Makhachev and Nurmagomedov’s kinds as similar, he says cardio can be key for Poirier.

“Nicely, we’ve each been in there with Khabib already, so we’ve an thought,” Gaethje stated. “They’re clearly not the identical fighter. They don’t combat the identical kinds. However they’re each actually heavy grappling. You’ve actually simply bought to belief in your potential to grapple for the entire combat.

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“In case your cardio is there and you already know you’ll be able to survive these assaults, then finally you’re going to get again to the toes and be capable of trigger injury should you’re in ok form.”

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