- Daniel Cormier speculated on how Arman Tsarukyan and Dustin Poirier could end up facing Islam Makhachev in a title fight next year
- DC thinks the pair should face each other at UFC 300
Daniel Cormer is certain that if Arman Tsarukyan and Dustin Poirier both want a title shot next year, they should take on each other at UFC 300.
It’s the only way to Islam
Speaking on the DC & RC podcast, Cormier analyzed the trajectory of Tsarukyan and Poirier’s respective case for a title fight considering Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje getting booked first against Islam Makhachev.
The way DC sees it, “Ahalkalakets” vs. “The Diamond” should be included at UFC 300 in April for the winner to have ample time to prepare for a title fight with Makhachev before the year ends.
“I believe if Islam fights sometime in the first quarter of the year, you put Tsarukyan on UFC 300 against Dustin Poirier,” Cormier speculated. “Because Dustin said he wants to fight at that point. You know that UFC 300 is somewhere around April. You put him on UFC 300 and then maybe, maybe he comes back at the end of the year for that third fight that Makhachev said he wants.”
“Now you got a guy that just beat one of the biggest names if he can get past Poirier. If he doesn’t, Dustin Poirier has now laid claim to the title shot after Justin Gaethje. So, it really does bring some stability to this weight class,” he continued.
Arman doesn’t want Dustin
While DC’s analysis makes sense, Tsarukyan has already made it clear that he is not interested in facing Poirier. For “Ahalkalakets,” a title eliminator fight with Oliveira or Gaethje would be the ideal scenario for his next fight.
On the other hand, Makhachev is planning to defend his title three times next year. If he manages to continue winning, there’s a great chance that the UFC will follow what Cormier proposed with Tsarukyan or Poirier as his final title challenger for year 2024.
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