After expressing his desire for a new challenger, Islam Makhachev received a prompt response from Dustin Poirier. Despite almost all the top fighters in the 155-pound division being booked for upcoming fights, the current UFC lightweight champion seems to have found a willing opponent in the form of the number two-ranked Poirier.
Following a win against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284, where the 31-year-old Dagestani successfully prevented his opponent from becoming a two-division champion, many believed that a rematch between the two fighters was inevitable. However, Makhachev has other plans and has taken to Twitter to publicly call out for a new challenger to face him.
“Who is next?”
who is next?
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) February 22, 2023
Dustin Poirier Responds to Islam Makhachev’s Challenge for UFC Clash
Dustin Poirier promptly responded, expressing his desire to fight as the next challenger against the current UFC lightweight champion.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 22, 2023
If Poirier does indeed step up to the challenge, it would undoubtedly be a highly anticipated match between two of the UFC’s most talented fighters. With both men at the top of their game, it’s difficult to predict who would come out on top.
Fresh off his debut title defense against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284, the UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, proved his worth in a five-round battle against the featherweight king. Although he failed to secure his desired pound-for-pound No.1 spot, Makhachev’s performance demonstrated his mettle.
On the other hand, ‘The Diamond” Dustin Poirier, is riding high after his impressive submission win against Michael Chandler at UFC 281. While some have raised doubts about Poirier’s eligibility for another title shot, most of the highly-ranked lightweights have already secured their fights. With Dustin Poirier and Islam Makhachev being the only two free fighters, it remains to be seen whether the 34-year-old American will get the chance to fight for the title.
If he does get the opportunity, it would be Poirier’s second title fight against a Dagestani opponent, after he lost to Makhachev’s mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019.