Dustin Poirier perhaps has the most important fight of his career coming up in a few days time. He will challenge for the lightweight championship at UFC 269. Charles Oliveira is the title holder and Poirier will look to win the first Championship of his career. He previously defeated Max Holloway to win the 155 lbs interim title.
However, Dustin Poirier was not always a lightweight. He started out as a featherweight and made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The 32-year old won his debut fight against Josh Grispi.
From there on, he went on a winning streak of 4 fight win streak. He lost to Chan Sung Jung aka The Korean Zombie. Later he fought 6 times in the 145 lbs division. It included the likes of Max Holloway and Conor McGregor.
But after a few setbacks, He decided to move up to the lightweight division and won 8 fights out of the first 10.
UFC 242 marked the first opportunity for Dustin Poirier to fight for the championship. After falling short, he rebounded in the most robust way possible with two TKO victories over Conor McGregor. Now he is waiting on his second opportunity to fight for the title against Charles Oliveira on December 12 at UFC 269.
Dustin Poirier contemplating a move to Welterweight
In the build-up to the fight, Dustin Poirier is involved with the promotions of the upcoming mega event. Yesterday, during the media session, the Louisiana native faced the press and talked about a possible move to the Welterweight division.
Colby Covington, who recently fought Kamaru Usman for the 170lbs title, has commented on Poirier’s future in the division. In an interview with MMA NEWS, Colby Covington stated that the fight against him will be bigger than the upcoming contest against Charles Oliveira.
” If he did (a move to Welterweight), it’d be a bigger money opportunity for him to do that. The guy (Charles Oliveira) he’s gonna fight has no draw in America. Nobody even knows who he really is in Brazil. He’s just not a draw, he won’t sell Pay Per Views,” said Covington.
Colby further added, “His best money opportunity if he wants to good business is to come up to 170 and see Daddy. This is a personal rivalry,”
“We go back 10 years training together. He said some things to me in the gym, I said some things to him. There are deeply personal issues with this drama and beef. I just hope it gets settled in the octagon someday. But it doesn’t then the fans get to know who daddy is,” said the former interim welterweight champion.
Yesterday, Dustin Poirier said, “I’m not sure how soon I’m gonna make that jump, especially if I become the world champion on Saturday, I have to stay here and defend my belt and establish myself as the world champion.”
Dustin Poirier who walks around at 180-190 lbs, has not ruled out a contest with Colby Covington or any of the Welterweights. He said, “Everybody is on the list if I move up.”