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Dustin Poirier says he'll beat Khabib Nurmagomedov with 'the right amount of crazy'

Nobody has been able to beat UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But new champion Dustin Poirier believes he's the one.

Dustin Poirier says he'll beat Khabib Nurmagomedov with 'the right amount of crazy'
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Dustin Poirier says he'll beat Khabib Nurmagomedov with 'the correct magnitude of crazy' Dustin Poirier says he'll beat Khabib Nurmagomedov with 'the correct magnitude of crazy'

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Dustin Poirier says he'll beat Khabib Nurmagomedov with 'the correct magnitude of crazy'

By Steven Marrocco, Mike Bohn April 14, 2019 5:45 am

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By: Steven Marrocco and Mike Bohn | April 14, 2019 5:45 am

ATLANTA – Nobody has been able to work out the puzzler that is UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But new champion Dustin Poirier believes he’s the one.

Asked why, the recently minted UFC impermanent lightweight champion told MMA Junkie, “Grit. Determination. The correct magnitude of crazy. Self-belief. Everything it takes to be a championion, I have that.”

After a gutsy win over the iron-jawed Max Holloway (20-5 MMA, 16-5 UFC), it’s hard to disagree. In 40 entire nonrecreational and recreational fightings, Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) said he’s only doubly left the cage with sore hands, and Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner at State Farm Arena in Atlanta was one of them.

Not everyone was convinced by Poirier’s performance, of course. On Twitter, Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) named the UFC 236 main psychological feature a draw, though he inactive gave the new impermanent champion his due and welcomed a fighting in September.

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    Poirier could’ve clapped back at the sour note, but he was alternatively sincere astir his impressions on scoring.

    “I didn’t know,” he said. “My pugilism manager told me coming into the fifth round when I was sitting on the stool, he said, ‘If you go out there win this round, you’re the world championion.’ My corner had me either tied there or ahead, and I won the fifth round, I feel like.

    “But I didn’t know. When you’re in a fighting like that, you’re getting hurt and you’re hurting him, there’s blood everywhere, it’s up, it’s down – I don’t know.”

    What’s indisputable is that Poirier has fought his way to the top after years of ups and downs as a featherweight and lightweight. Now on the cusp of a title unifier, he’ll get a chance to earn his biggest accolade to date and claim his place in UFC history if he can beat Nurmagomedov.

    He might have to go to Abu Dhabi to do that if reports of the fighting’s intended location prove true, but he doesn’t seem to mind much. A September timeline doesn’t present any immediate concerns; he said his hands and an irritated bicep were his only injuries from the fighting with Holloway.

    “I honestly haven’t had time to digest that and think astir those thoughts,” Poirier said astir a timeline for the title unifier. “There were talks astir it, whoever won this fighting was going to fighting (Nurmagomedov), but I didn’t think that far. I knew I had my hands full with Max. I’ll start thinking astir it and we’ll see, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

    UFC President Dana White opined that Holloway should return to the featherweight division where he holds a belt, but after beating him for a second time, Poirier said he’ll gladly welcome the Hawaiian champion back into the cage again somewhere down the line.

    “My next fighting has to be for a unification fighting,” he said. “But I love Max. I’ll fighting him five more times.”

    For complete coverage of UFC 236, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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    ATLANTA – Nobody has been able to work out the puzzler that is UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But new champion Dustin Poirier believes he’s the one.

    Asked why, the recently minted UFC impermanent lightweight champion told MMA Junkie, “Grit. Determination. The correct magnitude of crazy. Self-belief. Everything it takes to be a championion, I have that.”

    After a gutsy win over the iron-jawed Max Holloway (20-5 MMA, 16-5 UFC), it’s hard to disagree. In 40 entire nonrecreational and recreational fightings, Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) said he’s only doubly left the cage with sore hands, and Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner at State Farm Arena in Atlanta was one of them.

    Not everyone was convinced by Poirier’s performance, of course. On Twitter, Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) named the UFC 236 main psychological feature a draw, though he inactive gave the new impermanent champion his due and welcomed a fighting in September.

    Poirier could’ve clapped back at the sour note, but he was alternatively sincere astir his impressions on scoring.

    “I didn’t know,” he said. “My pugilism manager told me coming into the fifth round when I was sitting on the stool, he said, ‘If you go out there win this round, you’re the world championion.’ My corner had me either tied there or ahead, and I won the fifth round, I feel like.

    “But I didn’t know. When you’re in a fighting like that, you’re getting hurt and you’re hurting him, there’s blood everywhere, it’s up, it’s down – I don’t know.”

    What’s indisputable is that Poirier has fought his way to the top after years of ups and downs as a featherweight and lightweight. Now on the cusp of a title unifier, he’ll get a chance to earn his biggest accolade to date and claim his place in UFC history if he can beat Nurmagomedov.

    He might have to go to Abu Dhabi to do that if reports of the fighting’s intended location prove true, but he doesn’t seem to mind much. A September timeline doesn’t present any immediate concerns; he said his hands and an irritated bicep were his only injuries from the fighting with Holloway.

    “I honestly haven’t had time to digest that and think astir those thoughts,” Poirier said astir a timeline for the title unifier. “There were talks astir it, whoever won this fighting was going to fighting (Nurmagomedov), but I didn’t think that far. I knew I had my hands full with Max. I’ll start thinking astir it and we’ll see, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

    UFC President Dana White opined that Holloway should return to the featherweight division where he holds a belt, but after beating him for a second time, Poirier said he’ll gladly welcome the Hawaiian champion back into the cage again somewhere down the line.

    “My next fighting has to be for a unification fighting,” he said. “But I love Max. I’ll fighting him five more times.”

    For complete coverage of UFC 236, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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