Islam Makhachev appeals against Dustin Poirier's retirement: 'He can beat everyone'

Challenging Makhachev's belt, Poirier revealed that he is contemplating the possibility of retiring after UFC 302

I. Makhachev faces D. Poirier in the UFC 302. Photo: Reproduction/Montage SUPER FIGHTS

Challenger for the lightweight belt (up to 70,3 kg) in the main fight of the UFC 302, this Saturday (1), Dustin poirier recently revealed that this fight could be his last as an MMA professional. Champion of the category and rival of the 'Diamante' in the event, Islam makhachev, however, disagrees with the opponent's possible decision.

In an interview with 'NBC Sports', Makhachev spoke about Poirier's recent comments and was against the possibility of the 'Diamond' hanging up his gloves while he is still one of the best lightweights in the world.

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“He's talking about retirement, but I don't want him to retire after this fight if I beat him, because this guy is dangerous. He can beat everyone, he's a top-5 player in the world, right? That's why I don't think it's a good idea to talk about retirement, because it's still very dangerous. That’s why I’m preparing a lot for him”, said the champion.

This will be the third chance to Dustin poirier for the linear lightweight belt. Former interim champion, the North American was finished in the two previous disputes: by Khabib Nurmagomedov, in 2019, and Charles of the BronxIn 2021.

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Islam makhachev e Dustin poirier face each other for the lightweight belt in the main fight of the UFC 302, this Saturday (1), in Newark, New Jersey, in the United States.

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