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Dustin Poirier says Islam Makhachev is the only opponent he should not make a mistake against in their UFC 302 title bout

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Dustin Poirier says Islam Makhachev is the only opponent he should not make a mistake against in their UFC 302 title bout



Dustin Poirier must keep up the pace to win UFC gold in The Garden State.

After coming up short in two previous title bids against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira, Poirier will step into the main event spotlight for one final shot at the 155-pound crown when he meets the former’s protege, Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 on June 1.

Dustin Poirier

Though ‘The Diamond’ has already faced a who’s who of Hall of Fame talent inside the Octagon, his fight against the ‘Dagestani Destroyer’ may be his toughest yet. Poirier, speaking with TMZ a few days before fight night revealed that he must avoid making one mistake against a fighter such as Makhachev.

“People who try to slow the fight down and make it a grappling chess match,” Poirier said. “Those have been the hardest fights for me to get going because I do best when it stays a fight. When it doesn’t slow down when it’s a scramble with punches flying and both of us bleeding, that’s where I do the best work, and I’m not trying to hold him down and win rounds.

“I’m trying to knock him out and hurt him and finish him and get out of there. That’s the way I fight” (h/t Bloody Elbow).

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