Khabib Nurmagomedov often praised Dustin Poirier. The retired Dagestani, after his retirement, considered Poirier and his darling Makhachev to be the best lightweight fighters. He also favored Dustin in the title fight against Charles Oliveira.
However, "Do Bronx" once again dissuaded all who doubted him and successfully defended the belt. The fact is that Dustin Poirier was disappointed with his performance and approach. Much more was expected from "Diamond" in one of the most important matches of his career, but the fighter from Louisiana, for the second time in his career, got stuck on the last step before the title of champion.
Poirier had a hard time losing to Oliveira, but "Diamond" claims that his end has not yet come. Still, Khabib believes Poirier has lost his competitiveness and zeal for the sport. '' You know, when a man starts a new business, he's all excited.
He goes forward and the business grows. However, there comes a time when that fire disappears." "Then you want to withdraw money and start something new. That is your life. At first, you think you will do it your whole life, but then there comes a time when you want to invest in something else, '' Khabib began during a conference for media representatives, and then further clarified.
"The same thing can happen to fighters. There is zeal, hunger for victory, you want it very much. However, then comes a time when you still want it, but not as strong as you used to." "It happens when the fire goes out, but there are still numbers in your contract.
Fighters have such moments. If you click that switch, you will never go back to the old way. I think that happened to Dustin. He lost his zeal for this. "
Hunger for victory
Thus, Khabib believes that fighters are simply satiated at one point and their hunger for victories and fights never remains constant.
The Dagestani points out that this has happened to all fighters throughout history. '' The time is coming. We used to have Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, and Pettis, before me. We had Conor too, but no one stayed, everyone left."
"Now is the time of Charles Oliviera, he is here. It is also the time of Islam (Makhachev) and the time of Beneil (Dariush) and Justin (Gaethje)." "They will fight now, and then they will leave too. Other fighters will come.
No one can control or stop it. Time is running out. It's a simple thing." "Charles Oliveira was better, he suffocated him and he will leave later. Someone else will come and beat him, and then we'll talk about him. It is a carousel that does not stop, "Nurmagomedov added.