Interim champion Dustin Poirier will no doubt have his hands full this September when he is expected to take on 27-0 Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. Poirier broke down his strategy for beating “The Eagle” in a recent interview with Brendan Schaub.
“We have to make holes by just performing out there… I create space with my Jiu-Jitsu,” Poirier tells Schaub. “I’m gonna create space with submissions and put him in danger and make him have to respect things…”
Poirier, who is praised for his high fight IQ, insists that he doesn’t need to wait for Nurmagomedov to tire out in order to cause damage.
“It’s gonna be a scrap, but I’m gonna make him make mistakes and we’ll see what happens. If he slows down, it’s gonna go downhill for him. I think with my overall game, I can cause threats and problems for him early on as well. I don’t need him to gas out to win this fight.”
“Against all odds,” Poirier tells Schaub, “I’ll get it done, man. It’s the story of my life.”
Dustin Poirier won the interim lightweight title after defeating Max Holloway last month at UFC 236. His unification bout with Khabib is expected to take place at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7th.