UFC commentator Jon Anik believes ‘incredible’ Dustin Poirier does not need a belt to prove his greatness


UFC commentator Jon Anik believes ‘incredible’ Dustin Poirier does not need a belt to prove his greatness

Dustin Poirier after his recent victory at UFC 281

The lightweight division in the UFC is full of talent enough to keep UFC fans on their toes. While BJ Penn, Benson Henderson, and Khabib Nurmagoemedov ruled the 155-pound weight class during their respective eras, Dustin Poirier also is regarded as an all-time great. The American fought for the lightweight championship twice but was unsuccessful on both his outings.

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However, his inability to win the title cannot disregard the fact that Poirier is a revelation at lightweight. Scoring impressive wins over the likes of Conor McGregor, Dan Hooker, Michael Chandler, and Justin Gaethje, Poirier might have done enough to secure his place as an all-time great at 155. Recently, long-time UFC commentator Jon Anik stood a testament to Poirier’s greatness at lightweight.

During an interview with Mike Heck, Anik heaped praise on Poirier. “I don’t even know how to be articulate when talking about Dustin Poirier, I just want to call him an f’ing gangster and say, ‘Oh my f’ing God, this guy, man,” said Anik. He added, “Ability, focus, boxing fundamentals — gosh, if you’re in an alley, don’t you want f guy [with you], bro?” Anik also mentioned that Poirier did not need to win belts to solidify his legacy. “Dustin Poirier is incredible, and I don’t think he needs an undisputed UFC lightweight championship to prove any sort of greatness,” said the UFC commentator.

Well, many MMA fans around the world will resonate with Anik’s thoughts on the ‘Diamond.’ Despite falling out short against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, Poirier seems to be mounting a third title challenge with his recent victory over Michael Chandler.

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Dustin Poirier has many fights available after his victory at UFC 281

Dustin Poirier during walkout
Dustin Poirier during walkout

UFC 254 and UFC 269 are events Dustin Poirier will look to forget. At these events, ‘The Diamond’ challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title. But he fell short on both occasions. However, this does not mark the end of his quest for a title at 155 pounds. In fact, after his recent win over Michael Chandler at UFC 281, Poirier might be in line for a shot at the title.

With current lightweight champion Islam Makhachev scheduled to fight Alexander Volknaovski at UFC 284, Poirier could look to compete against another big name at 155 and secure a title shot against the winner of the main event at UFC 284. Currently ranked #2nd in the division, Poirier could face #1-ranked Charles Oliveira in a rematch.

While the Brazilian is always an option, Poirier has another rematch available in Justin Gaethje. Considering their fighting styles, a bout between Poirier and Gaethje will be a treat for MMA fans worldwide. However, if Poirier is on the hunt for a new challenge, Iranian-American fighter Beneil Dariush might be the perfect opponent.

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To sum up, Dustin Poirier has a lot of options available to him. Considering his evergreen fighting style and passion for the sport, the American might be just another win away from challenging for the lightweight crown. Fans will be interested in following Poirier’s career for the next few months.

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