With back-to-back finishes of Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis, there is no better time than now for Dustin Poirier to ask for a shot at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The Diamond” claimed a fourth round TKO victory over Gaethje Saturday night in the main event of UFC on FOX 29, improving to 23-5 overall. In his last nine fights, Poirier is 7-1 with a no-contest vs. Eddie Alvarez.
“Twenty 20 in the UFC, up and down weight classes,” Poirier said. “I would never ask for something I didn’t earn. Dana (White), Sean (Shelby), Khabib; let’s (expletive) go. It’s time.”
Poirier connected on 174 significant strikes in the bout, with 142 of those going to the head alone of Gaethje. He held a 179-116 advantage in total strikes landed.
“This guy has no quit in him,” Poirier said of his opponent.
In 2016, Poirier suffered a knockout loss to Michael Johnson. He rebounded to start 2017 with a decision vs. Jim Miller before his no-contest with Alvarez in the second round. In November, Poirier stopped former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis when a rib injury ended the contest in the third.
As expected, the bout earned “Fight of the Night” honors and will likely be up for “Fight of the Year” consideration when those awards are handed out several months from now. Poirier has scored eight fight-night bonuses, including five “Fight of the Night” showings.
Nurmagomedov, who won the title last week with a victory over Al Iaquinta, took note of the performance of both fighters via Twitter, posting “It was a great fight, congratulations both.”
It was a great fight, congratulations both.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 15, 2018