Poirier Thanks Khabib For Their Matchup
Dustin Poirier has had a lot of time to ponder his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. Without a doubt, Poirier has become a fan favorite with his unique characteristics of being gracious in victory and humble in defeat.
Poirier reflected on the loss and thanked Khabib for the lesson he taught him, as a man with class should. The observation came in the form of an Instagram post, which captured both Poirier and Khabib together.
The caption reads, “Everything happens for a reason. This is my journey and it’s unique. Thank you Khabib for another tough life lesson. No excuses no regrets. Gonna take my lumps and keep it moving.”
He ended the passage with a hashtag ‘#PaidInFull’ which could be a double entendre of being paid a lesson, and securing a nice check, even in defeat.
Dustin has been thinking out loud a lot since the loss
Previously to the post thanking Khabib on Instagram, Dustin also took to Twitter to announce what he would like his next step to be.
He proposed the idea of himself and Conor McGregor having a rematch stating that it makes sense right now. Who could argue that point? The last time the pair faced off was over five years ago at UFC 178. Both men have dramatically improved their skillset since that point and also compete in a weight class higher.
Poirier also hinted that he would possibly retire after the loss
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“Thank you guys for the support, it means a lot to me. If I choose to fight again, I’ll be back strong. If not I’ll see what God has in store for me,” said Poirier in the message.
What’s Next For The Diamond
Whether Poirier gets a rematch with McGregor or takes on another high profile lightweight, Dustin is laying the blueprint of how to handle a loss professionally. Gracious in defeat, Poirier understands that barely anyone leaves the MMA game unscathed. Except for conceivably Nurmagomedov, who may retire himself after his 30th fight.
Whatever Dustin decides to do, he will always fight “The Good Fight.” Diamonds are forever.