Dustin Poirier, according to Chael Sonnen, is no longer prioritising winning the UFC gold.
Last Saturday at UFC 281, Poirier (29-7 MMA, 21-6 UFC) submitted Michael Chandler in a Fight of the Night battle, adding to his already impressive résumé.
Chael Sonnen on Dustin Poirier
Poirier has been on a roll at lightweight, holding victories over Conor McGregor (twice), Max Holloway (for the interim title), Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, and now Chandler, with the exception of two title fight losses.
Poirier’s victory over Chandler has put him back in the title picture, but Sonnen believes “The Diamond” has other objectives.
“Dustin Poirier right now is not on a mission to be champion,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “And to become champion is very realistic; that’s not the statement I’m makin
The audience will be completely full the following time you perform, and you will be the primary attraction.
Even if you have suffered a defeat, the primary event of your upcoming fight will still be you. I’m referencing Conor McGregor status.
Sonnen’s argument might not be entirely incorrect. In a recent interview Poirier claimed that in contrast to his previous opponents, top contender Beneil Dariush doesn’t particularly interest him or excite him.
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