Dubai: UFC interim light-weight champion Dustin Poirier states he intends to exhibit the world how terrific a fighter he is by turning out to be the 1st male in background to “put away” Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi upcoming Saturday.
The American (17-4 UFC, 25-5 MMA) requires on the Russian lightweight title-holder (11- UFC, 27- MMA) at a brand new objective-developed venue called The Arena, which is situated on Yas Island.
“I truly feel it in my overall body. I know I’m heading to damage him and place him absent,” Poirier told MMA Fighting’s Danny Segura in a latest interview broadcast on YouTube.
Reminded that 27 fighters have unsuccessful in their tries to defeat Khabib, what produced Poirier so self-assured of rewriting UFC background?
“Just my entire activity, every little thing,” he mentioned. “My effectively-rounded knowing of positions, of jiu-jitsu, of wrestling, kick-boxing, my MMA knowledge and my commitment to being the finest fighter that I can be is going to occur by way of and I’m heading to exhibit the earth how wonderful I am.”
A experienced competitor considering the fact that 2009, Poirier, 30, has posted noteworthy victories more than champions Max Holloway (twice), Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethie and Anthony Pettis.
“I can damage any person in the planet, I know what I’m able of,” he reported, while acknowledging that Khabib is the ideal fighter he has at any time faced.
“These men really don’t scare me, but he’s most likely the most dominant, in a single element of fighting – his prime tension, his choose-downs. That skill set he has is the best I’ve ever fought.”
Khabib, also 30-years of age, is the 1st Russian fighter to gain a UFC title and he did so beating no other than Conor McGregor at UFC 229 final calendar year.
He is also on No 2 in formal UFC pound-for-pound rankings powering Jon Jones who is regarded as a person of the most risky and biggest fighters of all-time.
Commenting on Abu Dhabi remaining the picked out venue Poirier, who is dependent in Louisiana, United States, stated: “It’s additional-specific for me. It’s in no way been performed prior to in a place across the world.”
The official weigh-in for UFC 242 will be on Friday at the Yas Arena.