After Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier must prepare for the next challenges. It is still not known who is waiting for him. “Big fights. Fun fights,” Poirier told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know, man.
I completed the violence triangle — finished Gaethje, finished Eddie, finished Chandler. There’s a bunch of fights that would be crazy matchups, I just don’t know a name right now”. Although many believe that Beneil Dariush is his next opponent and wish, Poirier has denied such rumors.
“Not really, honestly. No disrespect to Beneil. Great fighter and he did it the right way. He’s a very respectful guy, hard worker, and he goes in there and handles business, and I respect that. I’ll watch when he fights.
When we just talked about the other names I’ve fought recently, that one’s not super exciting when I think about it”.
Dustin Poirier on 'attractive' opponents
Poirier wants 'big' matches and 'attractive' opponents who can offer him what he wants.
“I want those, because those are going to be the fun fights, the crazy fights, potential ‘Fight of the Year’ type of fights,” Poirier said. “But those are also the fights that give me those butterflies in the stomach everyday, or when the contract comes through, and I see his name across from it.
I’ve been watching [Chandler] a long time in Bellator, and I know some guys he beat. He’s very explosive, and that danger — it’s always the unknown, no matter how prepared you are. But when you go out there and you’ve got a guy of that caliber, who can finish the fight in a second and hit you with shots, cover distance, a lot of things he does are very dangerous”.
Islam Makhachev changed many things within the category with his dominance. “It opens up doors,” he said. “It makes new matchups and things like that, but I always knew there was a path back to the belt, even if Charles had the belt.
I can do anything I put my mind to. I knew I could climb the mountain again, it was just, do I want to go through the killers and do I want to fight three, four more times to put myself in position again. I’m taking this one fight at a time.
Not retirement talk or anything like that, but I’ve been doing this so long and been so high and so low on it, it’s just one fight at a time”.