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I’ve the important thing for an ‘simple combat’ vs. Dustin Poirier


If issues go in response to plan, UFC light-weight champion Islam Makhachev expects to have his means vs. Dustin Poirier.

Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) defends his title towards Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) within the UFC 302 predominant occasion June 1 at Prudential Middle in Newark, N.J.

Makhachev’s mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov outgrappled Poirier en path to a 3rd spherical submission at UFC 242, and Makhachev sees a easy blueprint to observe.

“Dustin, he’s a warrior, legend – he has greater than all people expertise on this sport,” Makhachev instructed TMZ. “However his downside is his fashion. That’s the one downside this man has. His weak level is wrestling and grappling, and I’ve the important thing for the straightforward combat.

“And if I observe the plan, I can beat him simple. My fashion and Khabib’s fashion, it’s worst fashion for Dustin. Individuals who can can take him down, maintain him there, it at all times offers him issues.”

Poirier wasn’t in Makhachev’s unique plans. However after Gaethje was knocked out by Max Holloway at UFC 300, and Arman Tsarukyan turned down a short-notice alternative after beating Charles Oliveira, Poirier was the one logical choice.

“Dustin is an effective opponent as a result of Oliveira, Arman, I beat these guys already,” Makhachev stated. “My dream combat for this division is Gaethje, however he lose already. Proper now in our weight, we simply have Dustin as a result of Arman stated no, Oliveira lose, Gaethje lose. We don’t have somebody.”

Poirier knocked out Benoit Saint Denis at UFC 299 to place himself into title competition. He tried a number of guillotine chokes when Saint Denis wrestled, however wasn’t capable of submit him. Poirier tends to leap the guillotine – a submission he nearly caught Nurmagomedov with. He joked that he would strive towards Makhachev, too.

Makhachev performed together with the humor.

“Dustin, be prepared and wrestle rather a lot,” Makhachev stated. “I defend my neck, I’m prepared to your guillotine. It’s not taking place in our combat, however I can be prepared.”

For extra on the playing cards, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC 302.

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