Dustin Poirier might just get his wish to face lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in his next fight.
On Saturday night, Poirier called for a title shot after a fourth round finish to stop Justin Gaethje in the UFC on FOX 29 main event in what could ultimately be the best fight of all 2018.
Poirier has gone 7-1 with one no contest since moving to lightweight and his dominant finishes over Gaethje and former champion Anthony Pettis certainly put him in the conversation as a fighter who might just get the next crack at the lightweight title.
“Absolutely,” UFC president Dana White said about Poirier being a contender to face Nurmagomedov next. “He’s definitely in there.
“He’s one of the guys we were thinking about calling last week to take the fight [against Khabib] but I didn’t want to screw up this event and thank god I didn’t.”
Considering the landscape at 155-pounds right now, it’s entirely possible that Poirier could coast right into a shot at Nurmagomedov later this year.
With former champion Conor McGregor potentially sidelined with an upcoming legal battle after being arrested in Brooklyn last week and Tony Ferguson out of action following knee surgery, it’s possible that Poirier leap frogs everybody into the first title fight against Nurmagomedov later this year.
“Obviously, tonight was a big night for him,” White said about Poirier. “Gaethje is very well respected in that division. Tough guy. Poirier ate, much like the Eddie Alvarez fight, tons of kicks. Could barely walk and pulled off the win.”