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Dustin Poirier Succeeds After War With Holloway, Calls For Khabib Showdown

Dustin Poirier Succeeds After War With Holloway, Calls For Khabib Showdown

Dustin Poirier claimed the UFC interim lightweight title in Atlanta after an engrossing encounter with Max Holloway that paves the way for a blockbuster bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

It brought an end to Holloway's 13-fight streak and marked a remarkable rise for one of the sport's hardest workers.

The pair fought to the final bell, going all five rounds. It was scored 49-46 for Poirier.

He immediately called for the lightweight champion next.

Man this feels amazing, I feel like I'm in a dream. To be the best you've got to beat the best. This is my belt, I paid in full, this is mine.

There was a time in that third round I was hurt, but I dug down, and I though fuck it, you've got to put me down. In the words of my friend Daniel Cormier: 'Get your shit together young man, we have a belt to fight for'.

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In terms of a Poirier Khabib showdown, it's a match-up the Russian seems keen on.

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