Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
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Dustin Poirier: 'It's Time' for a UFC Title Shot

Dustin Poirier: 'It's Time' for a UFC Title Shot

It should be noted that Gaethje is still just 29-years-old. "I would never ask for something I didn't earn".

Poirier now sits at #5 in the UFC Lightweight Division rankings, with three fighters ahead of him being former UFC LIghtweight/Interim Lightweight Champions. Dana (White), Sean (Shelby), Khabib; let's (expletive) go. He was forced to walk through hell in order to get there in a fight that was contested on Gaethje's terms when it comes to pace and distance.

The fifth-ranked lightweight, Poirier (23-5) bloodied Gaethje in the first round and finished him off with a flurry early in the fourth, yelling "I'm going to get that title fight this year!" as he left the octagon.

Gaethje staggered Poirier with a hard right early in the third round, but was deducted a point late by referee Herb Dean for hitting with an open hand the second time in the fight.

Dustin Poirier's boxing looked super crisp in this fight. With his legs chewed up by Gaethje's most valuable weapon, Poirier began shooting for takedowns, but the ex-WSOF champ shucked off every one of his attempts, kept walking Poirier down, and momentarily rocked him with a right hand. "He has no quit in him, and I respect that 100 percent". "I've put nothing but hard work in".

First, it was his stunning comeback victory win over Michael Johnson, next, it was his violent brawl with Eddie Alvarez and yesterday, he managed to maintain his own ridiculous standard with a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful clash with Dustin Poirier.

The performances of both fighters earned the instant praise on social media from Nurmagomedov, who captured the title last Saturday by defeating Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 after an idle McGregor was finally stripped of his title. He survived and won with a big left hand, moving a step closer to his title shot.

Three UFC fights and a 1-2 record within the promotion might suggest that "The Highlight" hasn't exactly taken to his new home with any real success.

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