Dana White on Dustin Poirier’s Future: “He’s a Star”

“It’s up to him if he wants to retire.”

Dustin Poirier faced Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title at UFC 302, ending in a d’arce choke submission in the fifth round, marking Poirier’s third unsuccessful title attempt. Post-fight, Poirier hinted at retirement, stating he had nothing more to fight for. Makhachev, securing his third title defense and 14th consecutive win, expressed interest in competing for the welterweight title next, with Leon Edwards set to defend against Belal Muhammad at UFC 304.

Dana White’s Comments

During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White praised Poirier, emphasizing the fighter’s significance in the sport:

“I believe Dustin had much more confidence after his fight against Benoit Saint Denis than he had before. We put you in these positions to accomplish great things and achieve greatness, and he was so close tonight. It’s up to him if he wants to retire, it’s not up to me. He knows what he wants and what he doesn’t want. He knows what he has felt and what he feels right now. Listen, he’s a star, and he can stay here as long as he wants.”


Poirier’s Legacy

Should Poirier choose to retire, he would do so with a 30-9-1 record, including 22 UFC victories and an interim lightweight title. Poirier has earned “Fight of the Night” honors ten times, including his latest bout against Makhachev. Regardless of his decision, White has assured that Poirier will always have a place within the UFC.

Looking Forward

Islam Makhachev, following his victory, is eyeing the welterweight title. The current welterweight champion, Leon Edwards, is scheduled to defend his title against Belal Muhammad at UFC 304 next month. Makhachev’s ambition to move up in weight class highlights his confidence and drive to dominate multiple divisions within the UFC.

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