Retired American mixed martial fighter Din Thomas shared his thoughts on why Dustin Poirier has earned the right to fight whoever he wants in his next UFC outing.
Attention has now turned towards Dustin Poirier potentially fighting Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title. But if his recent Twitter activity is to be believed, a long-awaited showdown with Nate Diaz could also be on the cards.
In a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM, the aforementioned Din Thomas spoke about why he believes Dustin Poirier can go in whatever direction he desires in his next fight.
“If Dustin wasn’t who he was and hadn’t been in the game for as long as he has been, and if he didn’t beat the list of guys that he’s already beaten, I would say yeah – focus on the title. A guy like Ciryl Gane, if Ciryl Gane wanted to fight Anthony Joshua in a boxing match I’d say ‘come on man, get outta here’. But Dustin Poirier, to me, has put himself in a position and established himself as the type of person who can get the fights that he wants to take.”
“If he wants to fight Nate Diaz I think we should allow him to – under the condition that he fights for the title after.”
In 2021 has seen Dustin Poirier really explode into the limelight in a manner few would have imagined. ‘The Diamond’ has faced off against Conor McGregor twice since the start of 2021, and after decisively knocking him out in January, Dustin Poirier beat the Irishman once again at UFC 264 last month – this time courtesy of a broken leg suffered by McGregor.