Dustin Poirier: “I Can Beat Anybody In The World, Khabib’s Skin Is Going Up Next”
Earlier this month promotion announced the intriguing lightweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson which is set to go down at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, Illinois.
‘El Cucuy’ last fought back in October where he scored a TKO stoppage of Anthony Pettis at UFC 229. After that, he was dealing with some personal family drama. Despite being absent for seven months, Ferguson opens as betting favorite over ‘Cowboy’ who’s is coming off an impressive dominant decision victory over Al Iaquinta at UFC Ottawa earlier this month.
Well according to newly crowned interim champion Dustin Poirier that’s not the case as he picks Cerrone to win this fight. (h/t MMAMania)
“I think Cowboy wins that fight, but we’ll see,” Poirier told MMA Junkie Radio about the fan-friendly contest, which could produce the next title challenger. “I’m not even looking that far ahead. I never disrespect the work that needs to be done and I have a lot ahead of me with this Khabib fight.”
Poirier claimed an interim lightweight title after scoring a win over Max Holloway at UFC 236 in Atlanta. Since then there’s no looking back, and he’s preparing to unify the title against division’s champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. However, the promotion still has to confirm the bout.
“Everything is pointing to it happening in Abu Dhabi, September 7, me and Khabib,” Poirier said. “I’m not sure what the holdup is or what’s going on. I have no clue. I can beat anybody in the world. I just need to put the work in and show up in the moment, ready to perform, and I can beat anybody.”
Khabib’s Coach Javier Mendez recently said that Conor McGregor, remains the most dangerous foe in the division, despite suffering a loss at UFC 229. Chances of Mcgregor rematching Khabib is relatively remote as we don’t know when he’ll make his return due to promotions’ restrictive deal with ESPN+.
How things will play out in the lightweight division over the next few months is remain to be seen.