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Dustin Poirier gets title shot, set to face Islam Makhachev at UFC 302



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UFC star Dustin Poirier will get another shot at the lightweight championship on June 1 as he’ll be challenging Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 in Newark, New Jersey.

The news came straight from UFC CEO Dana White at the UFC 300 post-fight press conference, where he also confirmed that former middleweight Sean Strickland will return to face Paulo Costa in the co-headliner.

White also announced that Conor McGregor will finally return to face Michael Chandler in a welterweight showdown at UFC 303 on June 29. Click here to read more about that fight.

Third time’s the charm: Can Dustin Poirier get it done at UFC 302, or will Islam Makhachev continue his reign?

Dustin Poirier is coming off an impressive knockout win against Benoit Saint-Denis and since Islam Makhachev had requested to fight on June 1, the timing worked out for “The Diamond” to step up at UFC 302

Poirier, a former interim champion, is ranked at No. 3 in the lightweight division. He has previously challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira for undisputed gold but lost both of those title fights by third-round submissions.

Now, he’ll try his luck against Islam Makhachev, who’s currently ranked No. 1 in the world pound-for-pound.

Makhachev is riding a 13-fight winning streak and has been the lightweight champion since October 2022 when he submitted Oliveira to claim the throne. Since then, he has racked up two title defenses against former featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, most recently stopping Volk by first-round knockout last year.

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