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Dustin Poirier still on the hunt for the UFC lightweight title: 'That's the only reason I'm fighting'

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MIAMI – Despite his tenure in the sport,Dustin Poirier is still hungry to become an undisputed UFC champion.

Former interim champion and veteran made it very clear that he intends to work his way back up the ranks so that he can compete for UFC gold again. Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) let the world know of his ultimate goal following his vicious KO win over Benoit Saint-Denis (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at Saturday’s UFC 299.

“That’s the only reason I’m fighting,” Poirier said at the post-fight news conference. “I started fighting to be the world champion, to be the best in the world, undisputed. We’ll see. I have to get home, talk to my coaches, my wife, and my management, and we’ll see what’s next. I don’t know. But yes, I’ve done a lot in this sport.

“I’m not trying to brag, but I’ve done a lot in this sport. I’ve been fighting for a long time. I think this was around my 50th MMA fight, and I’ve done a lot, checked a lot of boxes. But there’s still one box unchecked, and that’s being a world champion.”

Poirier, who entered UFC 299 coming off a KO loss to Justin Gaethje back in July, was relieved to get his hand raised on Saturday and prove that he’s still among the elite in the…



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