Dustin Poirier picked up a pivotal victory, but was it enough to earn him a shot at the UFC lightweight title?
That’s the question we asked in MMAjunkie Radio’s latest Daily Debate feature.
In this past Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 headliner, Poirier (23-5 MMA, 15-4 UFC) topped Justin Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) via fourth-round TKO in a bout that earned “Fight of the Night” honors – and one that’s likely to be in consideration for “Fight of the Year” accolades.
It was Poirier’s third straight win, his seventh victory in eight fights, and it propelled him to the No. 5 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. But does that body of work justify the next shot at newly crowned 155-pound champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC)?
The poll results were close, but ultimately, fight fans ruled against the fight (via Twitter):
The MMAjunkie Radio hosts discuss the merits of that potential fight – one that UFC President Dana White said is a real possibility – as well as where fellow contenders Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Eddie Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) fit into the picture.
Check it out above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
Read the full article here: Daily Debate: Does Dustin Poirier make the most sense for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov?