The UFC lightweight division seeks a titleholder, but who should own the belt or at least fight for it? Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier seem to be the priority fighters for the UFC, but what can happen in reality? Login Casino reviews the latest sports news in fighting and explains the tricky situation that now takes place in the lightweight division and possible ways of resolving it.
Even after the announced retirement, Khabib Nurmagomedov stayed in the spotlight of mixed martial arts. In the latest interview for Russian media, the fighter has asked Dana White to give the lightweight title to Dustin Poirier, who dismantled Conor McGregor during UFC 257. According to the Russian athlete, the "Diamond" proved his consistency in the fights against top fighters of the division.
Who can be the next opponent for Poirier?
Although Dustin was battling against UFC's superstar McGregor, it was a return for the latter after the significant pause and retirement. It means that the decision not to praise their second bout with a title at stake was quite right. At the same time, there are no doubts that Poirier deserves to be a primary contender for the belt clash.
Here a few variants appear. The latest sports news has reported about the possibility of organizing the third bout between Poirier and McGregor as they have a 1-1 record. Determining the battle's undeniable winner makes a lot of sense, including the financial side of the possible fight. However, it would be quite unfair to stake a lightweight belt for such a fight as grabbing it by Conor can doubt Dana White's consistency.
Another non-title bout for Dustin can be a clash against Nate Diaz. The athletes could have met in 2018, but Poirier's injury caused the cancelation of the lightweight bout. Diaz said he was interested in facing Dustin as a possible octagon return option in the latest interview. Nevertheless, if Poirier wants a title bout, he should ask the UFC to organize the clash with Gaethje, which will be the most logical fight for the lightweight belt at stake.
May Nurmagomedov return for another title defense?
UFC 257 probably ruined a lot of plans for organizing a super fight against Conor and Khabib. However, the latter told in the same last interview that he would have another conversation with Dana White in the nearest time. The UFC's president has been rather passionate about organizing one more fight for the Russian athlete and may suggest some kind of exhibition fight. The rumors assume it can be a former welterweight champion with 13 successful bouts, Georges St-Pierre, who has been inactive for three last year and is already 39.