UFC: Dustin Poirier aims for a move to the welterweight division
Dustin Poirier is targeting a move to the welterweight division after winning the lightweight title as the in-form UFC star insists he will NOT retire if he defeats Charles Oliveira at UFC 269
- Dustin Poirier aims for a move to the welterweight division after UFC 269
- The 32-year-old American will take on Charles Oliveira next month for the lightweight title
- If Poirier is victorious, he will consider a move to the 170-pound division
- The Diamond also insisted that he will not retire after his fight in Las Vegas
Dustin Poirier is eyeing a switch to the welterweight division if he defeats UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, the American star has revealed.
Poirier, 32, has had a sensational year in the Octagon and confidently faces the December 11 showdown with the Brazilian champions after two wins over Conor McGregor.
The Diamond is the bookmakers’ favorite to win UFC gold next month in what would be the culmination of his decade-long career with the UFC.
Dustin Poirier Looks At A Move Up To The Welterweight Division If He Wins At UFC 269
Charles Oliveira (L) and Poirier (R) will meet at UFC 269 to fight for the lightweight title
However, the American has no plans to sail into the sunset after UFC 269 and is open to exploring a myriad of options, including a move to the 170-pound weight class.
‘No, I’m not retiring. I’m 32, man. I feel fine. You see me moving here today. I feel fine. I’m having fun. If there’s anything wrong, I’ll go upstairs. I’ll probably go to 170, if anything,” Poirier said MMA junkie.
“But honestly, my goal is not to try to have the most successful title defense. I do not know.
Raising his hand, Poirier says he’ll consider going up to welterweight
‘We will see. One day at a time. I can’t watch, none of that is even a reality until December 11th happens, and I raise my hand. I have to do that first before we can even get into these conversations because I don’t know what’s next.
‘I live my life day by day, man; a quarter of a mile at a time.’
Poirier had previously told Sportsmail that winning the lightweight title would mean having “did everything” in mixed martial arts.
Poirier added he has no plans to retire after UFC 269 with a fourth McGregor fight
“For me, undisputed world champion was the goal from the start, if I can tick that box, I’ve done it all in the sport of mixed martial arts,” he said.
A fourth fight with McGregor may be at stake next year. The Irishman tweeted this week that he will fight for the title once he returns from injury, despite being in ninth place and having lost his last three lightweight fights.
If Poirier holds onto the title by the time McGregor recovers from his broken leg, his prediction may come true as the Notorious is still protesting the way Poirier won at UFC 264.