Dustin Poirier thinks Justin Gaethje can cause issues for Khabib Nurmagomedov if he can keep the UFC champion in the middle of the octagon.
Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in his MMA career and Poirier is one of the many lightweights who was unable to stop the Russian’s incredible wrestling game.
The lightweight king closes distances at a rapid pace and Poirier broke down how interim champion Gaethje could beat Nurmagomedov if he can dictate where the fight takes place.
‘I do think that if Gaethje can keep the fight in the middle of the octagon, he can give Khabib some trouble,’ Poirier said.
‘I think it’s going to be hard to get him down in the open space. Definitely hard to hold him down in the open space.
‘But will Justin be able to keep his back off the fence and land those shots and make Khabib work for takedowns in the open? That’s the big question.’
Poirier has fought both lightweights and has a win over Gaethje and was asked if he was backing either man in the championship clash which is expected to happen later this year.
‘Let the best fighter win,’ Poirier replied. ‘Whoever performs the best that night, whoever prepared the best that night, get their hand raised. Whoever that is.
‘Let the better fighter win. That’s all I’ve got to say. I’m not really rooting for anybody in that fight.’
Poirier fights for the first time this weekend since his loss to Nurmagomedov last September.
The American takes on rapidly rising New Zealand star Dan Hooker and the rivals headline the UFC’s latest behind closed doors event in Las Vegas.
An exciting welterweight clash between Mickey Gall and Mike Perry is the co-main event, as the UFC continue to push ahead with live events during a worsening coronavirus pandemic in America.
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