Makhachev Sets Date for Title Defense Against Poirier

"Makhachev Ready for Poirier Showdown"

Lightweight Champion Questions Poirier’s Deserving Chance

Islam Makhachev, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, has announced his readiness to defend his title, with his sights set on fan favorite Dustin Poirier. Despite previous statements about defending his title in March and the UFC’s scheduling conflicts, Makhachev sees an opportunity in Poirier’s recent victory.

UFC’s Tight Schedule and Poirier’s Opportunity

Following the UFC’s decision to book three top lightweight fights, including Poirier’s impressive win against Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299, Makhachev has chosen Poirier as his next opponent, despite believing that Poirier may not have earned the title shot.

Makhachev Wants to Stay Active, Eyes Poirier

In a recent interview, Makhachev expressed his desire to remain active and fight three times this year. He sees Poirier, fresh off a knockout win and currently unbooked, as a viable option for a June bout.

Timing Over Deserving for Makhachev

Makhachev acknowledges that while Poirier might not be the most deserving contender, the timing works in his favor. He is unwilling to wait for the outcomes of other top lightweight matchups and is ready to face Poirier.

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Makhachev Predicts Victory Over Poirier

Despite respecting Poirier’s status as a veteran and legend in the sport, Makhachev confidently predicts that he will finish Poirier, planning to counter Poirier’s guillotine attempt with a submission of his own.


“Now I am healthy. I told them I would be ready in March, but they asked me to fight in early February, but at that time, I had a minor injury.” – Islam Makhachev to MMA Junkie

“I know Dustin does not deserve the title match, but we have no choice right now.” – Islam Makhachev

“I will take him down, he will try the guillotine, and I will take his back and choke him out.” – Islam Makhachev

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