Poirier aims to cement his violent legacy with BMF win: “Adds more fun to it!”
Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier will return to action in one of the most anticipated fights on 2023.
On UFC 291 on July 29, he will take on the violent lightweight colleague Justin Gaethje in a BMF title bout. Talking to Ariel Helwani at The MMA Hour, “The Diamond” commented on the rematch against Gaethje.
“This fight, I think, could headline without a BMF title. This is an exciting fight. But that just adds more fun to it to me. I would love to have that strap up there in my living room,” Poirier said.
“Just look at the bonuses and the Fights of the Night and the carnage that me and him both display in there, it makes sense to have something fun like that.”
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Dustin Poirier: “I still see me being a matador”
Dustin Poirier has won four of his past five fights, including a submission of Michael Chandler and back-to-back knockouts of Conor McGregor.
When he looks at Gaethje’s latest accomplishment, he believes that the violent fighter has improved in some ways, but still thinks he’s basically the same kind of fighter.
“He used the jab a lot better, he used his lateral footwork a lot better. So he did, but I still see Justin Gaethje, the same guy. He’s doing a few things better, but I still see me being a matador and touching this guy,” Poirier said.
“And I’m a fan of Justin. I’ve been around him a few times since we fought, he’s very respectful, I like the guy. Every time he fights, I’m going to buy the pay-per-view, I’m tuning in. But when I’m standing across from him, it’s war. It’s war, man.”
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