Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier wants to fight, former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns Agreed


Dustin Poirier

Two of the biggest names in the UFC need opponents.

Former Lightweight Intermediate Champion Dustin Poirier’s undisputed title challenge against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 and former Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns are looking for Khamzat Chimaev right after UFC 273.

On Saturday, Dustin Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) posted a message on Twitter simply stating, “I want to fight.”

Poirier didn’t take long to get attention from his peers, as Burns (20-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) extended his hand for a challenge. “170?” There was a quick and two-point answer from Burns, who seems to have landed to fight at Welterweight.

Charles Oliveria scored a shot in the lightweight title at UFC 269, winning against Poirier’s, Dan Hooker and a combined win over former double-champion Connor McGregor. Shortened in his second bid for the undisputed title of the Poirot Division, the departed former interim champ is considering moving to Welterweight out of favor.

Burns challenged Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight title at UFC 258, but eventually fell to the dominant champion. He rebounded with a strong win against Stephen Thompson, but then faced another setback in the all-out battle against Chimayev at UFC 273. Considering his recent opponent’s run, Burns could get several directions for his next tour and apparently, he would consider Poirier.

However, Gilbert Burns was not the only Welterweight to respond to Poirier’s message. Emerging contestant Belal Muhammad also sent a reply, however, he was not exactly looking for an opponent.

“Let’s jump Colby (Covington),” Muhammad joked in response to Poirier’s tweet.

The most talked about name in recent months has been Nate Diaz, who has a fight left in his current UFC contract. Diaz has asked the public to book several times against Poirier for his “retirement fight”, in addition to asking for his release if a fight is not booked soon.

“I want to fight Dustin Poirier like I do now,” Diaz said. “Like I tried. If there’s a mix-up, it’s him and the stars and the game.”


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