After halting the rise of highly touted lightweight Joe Duffy at UFC 195, Dustin Poirier is calling for a top ten ranked opponent next. Understandably so right?
Poirier took some heavy shots from Duffy early on, but the veteran turned to his wrestling and top game to punish Duffy for the remainder of the bout, and earned the UD victory. It was an impressive performance for Poirier, not only because he defeated Duffy, but because he reminded folks of just how well rounded a fighter he is.
The win was Poirier’s third straight since he returned to 155, and as a result, “The Diamond” had this to say after the bout (quote via FOX Sports.com):
“I think there’s a lot of fights out there that make sense,” Poirier said. “My goal was to crack the top 10 last year, that didn’t happen with the fight falling out. Hopefully, I’ll be up there now and I want top-10 opponents.”
Currently Poirier is sitting in the #12 spot of the very stacked, lightweight ranks. It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Poirier up against next. How about Michael Johnson or Edson Barboza? Both of them are coming off losses and are ranked ahead of Poirier at #6 and #7 respectively?
It could be a little while before Poirier gets back in the cage, however, as after the fight he reported his nose was broken in two places.
UFC 195 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.