UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier wants to get back in the Octagon in May.
His last fight in the Octagon was for the Lightweight title at UFC 242, back in September, 2020. He was submitted by UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That loss snapped his 6-fight unbeaten winning streak, but despite the loss he remains one of the highest-ranked fighters in the division.
Dustin Poirier has recently been trying to get the Nate Diaz fight at 170lbs, but since the fight did not materialize the UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard told Poirier to “move on”. It seems like “The Diamond” has done just that.
On Wednesday, Poirier took to his social media to reveal he is planning a return to the Octagon in May, and immediately speculation has begun about a possible opponent. Here’s what Poirier wrote on Twitter.
“I’ll be back in May.#mandown”
Poirier didn’t reveal any potential opponents, but the fans and the media are already speculating on who it might be. One possible matchup is Al Iaquinta, who recently called out Poirier. This would be a fan-friendly fight between two top-10 ranked Lightweights with both men coming off a loss, so it sure makes sense for this fight to happen.
Another potential matchup would be a rematch between Poirier and Justin Gaethje. The two men met in the Octagon back in April 2018, with Poirier scoring a devastating knockout over Gaethje. Since then, Gaethje hasn’t lost a fight and has positioned himself in the title contention. He might be just 1 win away from a title shot, so Poirier who recently fought for the belt makes sense as an opponent.
Another exciting fight for Poirier could be a rematch against Conor McGregor. Although, as much as Poirier wants the rematch with McGregor, the former double-champ is likely going to sit and wait to see what happens between UFC 249 headliners Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
This article first appeared on CLOSEGUARDMEDIA.com on 20th February, 2020.