What is next for “The Diamond” Dustin Poirier after UFC 264?

Dustin Poirier takes on Conor McGregor at UFC 264 in the biggest fight of his career. Read to know how things could play out for "The Diamond" after his trilogy fight.

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What is next for Dustin Poirier?

Dustin Poirier is about to take part in the biggest fight of his career against Conor McGregor for the legendary trilogy bout at UFC 264. “The Diamond” has come off very confident and mature heading into this epic fight. But what is in store for the fighter from Louisiana after UFC 264?

Dustin Poirier is meeting Conor McGregor for the third time in his career. The first time the two met was at UFC 178, the Irishman got the better of Dustin, and years later, Poirier came out as a better fighter and avenged his loss at UFC 257 in the year 2021. Now everything boils down to tomorrow to see how things pan out for the founder of Good Fight Foundation. The fight takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It can be streamed on ESPN+ PPV. Dustin is coming off a two-fight winning streak having beat Conor and Dan Hooker in his previous two bouts.

What happens if Dustin Poirier wins?

Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira
Poirier and Oliveira

This fight is bound to happen if “The Diamond” wins the fight against Conor McGregor tomorrow at the T-Mobile Arena. Fans already have their theories as to how a fight against Dustin and current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira would go about. “Do Bronx” became the 11th champion of the lightweight division after he won against UFC’s newcomer Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight belt at UFC 262. This matchup will be a treat to watch, given both the fighters’ styles of fighting.

UFC President Dana White has assured that the winner of the trilogy fight will take on Charles for the title shot. Poirier had the choice to fight Oliveira for the vacant title given he was ranked #1 in the UFC’s lightweight division. But the superstar decided to fight for the big paycheck instead. Dustin even revealed in his pre-fight press conferences that he has his eyes on the lightweight title and will look to fight Oliveira next after dismantling “The Notorious One”.

What happens if Dustin Poirier loses?

Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje
Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje is the #2 ranked fighter in the lightweight division. The former interim champion is unlucky with how things played out in the division after his loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. 24th October 2020 was the last time Gaethje stepped in the UFC octagon. A lot of his fans were disappointed that he did not fight Charles Oliveira for the title shot but Chandler who was just one fight into the UFC got his title shot in his second fight under the banner. Dustin facing Gaethje would also be a spectacular rematch as they both fought in 2018 before.

Another possible route that Dustin could take if he lost the fight is to fight Michael Chandler who has already been promised a top 5 contender by the promotion judging from his interviews after UFC 262. The former Bellator champion is confident that he will be fighting a top-ranked lightweight for his next bout and there are high chances that the loser of UFC 264 will meet Michael Chandler in their next fight. It would interesting to see how things play out in the division. What are your thoughts on Dustin’s future?

Also read: What happens if Conor McGregor loses his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier?