Dustin Poirier’s Coach Shoots Down Narrative That UFC 302 Fight Against Islam Makhachev Could Be His Last

UFC 302 marks another huge night in the career of Dustin Poirier for what will be his 40th pro fight.

Since debuting in the UFC all the way back in 2011, “The Diamond” has achieved some great things during his 13-year run with the promotion.

He has become a true fan favourite, put on some classic fights, become the interim lightweight champion and of course, shared the Octagon with Conor McGregor on three occasions. 

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However, beating Islam Makhachev to become the lightweight champion at UFC 302 would go down as the crowning achievement of the entire run.

An accomplishment so good that he may not be able to top it, providing the perfect time to ride off into the sunset.

In a recent interview with CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri, Poirier said that June 2 could be the last time we see him inside the Octagon regardless of the result.

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Mike Brown Says He Can See Dustin Poirier Fighting Again Despite Retirement Talks

Poirier’s long-time head coach at American Top Team, Mike Brown, isn’t so sure that this could be the last time we see “The Diamond”.

As Josh Thomson pointed out in Brown’s interview on the Weighing In podcast, Poirier is still just 35 years old despite everything he has done in the sport.

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The ATT coach said that sometimes this is what Poirier is like and he didn’t read his recent comments as anything too serious at this stage.

“This is him, he is a love/hate sometimes, you know how he is. I mean I’ve heard him say this before and he, I think that’s a day-to-day thing. You never know but he’s accomplished a ton, he’s got a ton of money, he’s content with what he’s done. You know, you don’t want to push too long but I wouldn’t be surprised if he fought again after this fight, win or lose, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him again. This is just, this is how it is. I think he’s trying to say he’s content with what he’s done, he’s proud of his accomplishments.”    

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