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UFC star Dustin Poirier wants showdown with champ Charles Oliveira and ‘will tick every box in MMA’ if he lands title

DUSTIN POIRIER believes finally getting his hands on the UFC lightweight title would cap off a hall-of-fame career.

The Diamond is set to face newly-crowned champion Charles Oliveira for the 155lb strap in December following back-to-back wins over Conor McGregor.

Poirier, 32, came up short in his first crack at the undisputed belt in September 2019 but is confident of fulfilling his dream of winning UFC gold against the dangerous Brazilian.

The American told The Daily Mail: "Oliveira is a very dangerous guy.

"I think he's improving more and more in his striking, putting guys down, he's long especially for that weight class and I think he's probably the best jiu-jitsu practitioner in the UFC roster right now.

"He's aggressive and very offensive with his jiu-jitsu.

"He doesn't just use it to protect himself or get out of bad positions, he attacks people with it and finishes fights with it so he's a very dangerous opponent who has paid his dues and fought a long time in the UFC.

"For me, being undisputed world champion was the goal from the beginning, if I can tick that box, I've done it all in the sport of mixed martial arts."

Poirier's world turned upside in January after he spectacularly avenged his 2014 defeat to McGregor on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

If I can tick that box, I've done it all in the sport of mixed martial arts."

Dustin Poirier on potentially winning the lightweight title

But exacting revenge on The Notorious, who he also bested in their UFC 264 trilogy fight last month in Las Vegas, came at a price.

He said: "It is a great feeling when I get home but then I am being pulled in so many different directions, everybody is trying to get me to agree to stuff and I only have so much time to be a dad.

'The bigger the fight, the more people reach out, so business-wise my schedule I only have so much time to give, I don't want people to think I'm pushing people away but I'm just protecting my own energy.

"I can't keep giving it all out, I only have so much to give.

"I turn everything off when it is time to prepare for a fight, all the meetings, the places to be, all I do is focus for eight weeks on the fight and get tunnel vision with my blinkers on and after that we can knock down all the other stuff I have to do."

The UFC brass are keen on pitting Poirier against McGregor for a fourth time due to the Irishman's unfortunate leg break moments before the end of the first round.

A third big-money fight with the promotion's poster boy is something Poirier is open to, although he insists their rivalry is already over from a competitive standpoint.


He said: "I think I have proven myself the better fighter twice in a row here but we'll see what happens in the future (about a fourth fight).

"I don't know when he's coming back, he has a long recovery, a long road ahead of him.

"I'm next in line for a title shot, it's hard to call what's going to happen in the future, I don't know."

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