Dustin Poirier Says Islam Makhachev Title Fight Could Be His Last

Dustin Poirier will fight for the lightweight title against Islam Makhachev in the main event of UFC 302 on June 1st and the star has revealed that depending on how things go it could be his retirement fight.

“It could be [my last fight], I haven’t made an official decision yet. But, it could be,” Dustin Poirier said in an interview for The Fight Bananas show. “I’ve said this over and over again, I still have a lot of tread left on the tires. I can beat these young guys, I just did it [against Saint-Denis]… It’s just like, how much do I want to give to this sport? Because you don’t ride for free.

“I don’t want to make any decisions just based on the way I’m feeling [right now]. I need to go out there and fight, like I said in Miami.”

Given that Poirier is now 35-years-old and has had a long, successful career that’s made him financially secure it’s understandable that retirement is now on his mind, though some may suggest it doesn’t send out the best signals ahead of his potential chance to win the lightweight title for the first time in his career.

Poirier was already heading into the fight as a heavy underdog, with Makhachev currently riding a 13-fight winning streak and having the kind of dominant ground game that his opponents so far have been unable to cope with.

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