Poirier does not consider Oliveira as the most difficult challenge
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It is currently unknown who will be next opponent for Dustin Poirier after he has achieved three wins in a row by defeating Dan Hooker and Conor Mcgregor twice. The UFC lightweight belt fight is emerging as the most logical option for Diamond, but Poirier has already proven that he may be more interested in a money fight, a fight that would generate more money than an attack on the belt which is currently owned by Charles Oliveira.
In a conversation with Laura Sanko for ESPN, Poirier hinted that Oliveira would be his next opponent, but when Sanko asked him who would be the biggest challenge in the category, "Diamond" did not choose the current champion as an answer.
Poirier seems to have great respect for the skill of Dagestani fighters. "I think it would be Khabib, but he is no longer in combinations. Then maybe Islam Makhachev, he cultivates a similar style, '' Poirier said. The 32-year-old "Diamond" suffered his last defeat in 2019 against Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fight for the UFC lightweight belt.
Poirier on Khabib
Nurmagomedov won against Poirier in the third round (RNC) of the fight. Dustin was a guest in a podcast by the American Top Team (Punchin 'In podcast) and he commented on Khabib Nurmagomedov's skill. '' He's so advanced.
His feet are like hands. ‘Sweeps’ hedoes with his legs and the way he breaks you. He's good, he's really good." "I ended up choked, and I wanted to give him a hard fight. I wanted us to have a fight, and he just choked me and he did what he always does, and I couldn't stop him, '' Dustin Poirier said at the time.
It seems that Charles Oliveira despite the fact that he is the current champion with nine wins in a row still does not enjoy the respect he might need to get. Fighters like Justin Gaethje still feel that the Brazilian is easily subject to pressure while Dustin Poirier would rather touch retired Khabib as the biggest threat in the category than the active "Do Bronx".
Maybe all this just makes the Brazilian even more motivated. However, Olivera is aware that Poirier is a serious fighter and one of the greatest and that it will not be easy for him. We know that Poirier can win any fighter and that he is very skilled in the ring and has many advantages.
On the other hand, we must not neglect Olivera's skills, and we can rightly say that the match between the two of them will be a real pleasure to watch.