Gilbert Burns Says Charles Oliveira Can Beat Islam Makhachev With His Superior Striking Skills

Gilbert BurnsUFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point. Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the […]

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UFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point.

Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the UFC and is one of the most dangerous divisions in the entire sport. Oliveira has had times in all his fights when he out struck Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and Justin Gaethje in his recent title run and defenses.

Justin Gaethje is known for his striking ability, and Oliveira rocked him in the first 10 seconds of the fight and even knocked him down. Makhachev’s striking is no where close to any of the previous three fighters mentioned, but his ground game and wrestling is one on the best we have ever seen in UFC history.

Gilbert Burns believes that Charles Oliveira may have a hand up in a title fight against Islam Makhachev

“If I was the matchmaker, I would make Islam vs Oliveira for sure,” Burns said in an interview with Helen Yee. “That’s a fight that is very intriguing. I still believe Oliveira can get the win, because his striking. The pressure that he does and the jiu-jitsu. People say all the sambo and hey I got it, but Oliveira is huge for that division…. I think he’s on a different level.”

Burns is ready to see the fight between Oliveira, much like mostly everyone involved in the sport. The only thing that may be holding the UFC back from making the fight at the moment, is the fact that Makhachev has yet to beat a top five ranked fighter in the division. He has also only beaten one top 10 fighter, Dan Hooker on short notice.

Burns himself is coming off an amazing bout against Khamzat Chimaev, that could have easily went either way. Burns is one of the best strikers in his division and he pairs that with phenomenal jiu-jitsu, much like Oliveira does.

Poirier Laments The Possibility Of Diaz Exiting UFC Before They Fight

Dustin Poirier still hopes he and Nate Diaz are able to meet in the cage before the latter fighter potentially moves on from the UFC. Despite UFC President Dana White saying the promotion has moved on from the matchup, Diaz and Poirier have continued going back and forth online. In a recent appearance on The…

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Dustin Poirier still hopes he and Nate Diaz are able to meet in the cage before the latter fighter potentially moves on from the UFC.

Despite UFC President Dana White saying the promotion has moved on from the matchup, Diaz and Poirier have continued going back and forth online. In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, host Ariel Helwani asked Poirier what’s kept a fight between him and Diaz from being booked.

While Poirier admitted that he can’t speak for Diaz, “The Diamond” claims he’s always been ready.

“This reality show of an MMA community that we have, everybody’s throwing shit at me anytime I say, ‘What’s up Nate?’. Bro, this fight has been offered to me twice already this year and I’ve accepted both times. It’s not like I’m chasing this guy. Don’t call my phone and ask me to fight the guy. I don’t know, maybe he can’t get a deal done. On my side I’ve accepted twice now this year, 2022.”

Dustin Poirier claims he’s already accepted a fight with Nate Diaz on two occasions this year.

Nate Diaz last competed at UFC 263 in 2021, losing a unanimous decision to Leon Edwards. The former-lightweight title challenger has been in the UFC since 2007 but only has one fight left on his current deal and has been making public efforts to try and get out of the contract.

Diaz recently made headlines with a social media post where he urinated on the UFC’s Performance Institute. That incident was just the latest in a long list of issues Diaz has had with the promotion over the years.

Poirier Eager To Get Back In The Cage

When asked by Helwani about a timeframe for his next fight, Poirier expressed his desire to compete this summer and not wait around too long for his next opponent. While he’s open to other matchups at both lightweight and welterweight, “The Diamond” still feels the fight with Diaz needs to happen before Diaz potentially leaves the promotion.

“That’s a fun fight for me. Like I said – and I guess a lot of people say the same shit with that — it’s like, I’ve been watching the guy fight. I was living at my mom’s house, he was fighting on Spike TV, and stuff like that. I’ve been a fan of him and his brother for a long time. But if he leaves the UFC and I never get to touch that chin, that sucks, man.”

Poirer hasn’t fought since a submission loss to recently stripped lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last December. That bout was Poirier’s second bid at the lightweight title after losing to former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019, also by submission.

The former interim-title holder put together a three-fight win streak between those title shots with a decision win over Dan Hooker and two stoppage wins against Conor McGregor.

What do you think about Poirier’s comments on The MMA Hour? Should he be the opponent for the last fight on Diaz’s UFC contract?

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Poirier: Coach Has Warned Me Against Taking Covington Fight

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier has revealed how his coach reacted when he called out former teammate Colby Covington on Twitter. Having defeated former American Top Team training partner Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 earlier this year, it seems that the promotion is looking to match Covington up with another of his former ATT peers. As…

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UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier has revealed how his coach reacted when he called out former teammate Colby Covington on Twitter.

Having defeated former American Top Team training partner Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 earlier this year, it seems that the promotion is looking to match Covington up with another of his former ATT peers.

As well as accepting the multiple callouts “Chaos” has previously sent his way on social media and naming UFC 277 on July 30 as a possible fight date, Poirier, who remains a part of the Coconut Creek, Florida-based gym, claimed he’d been offered the fight by the UFC during an appearance on The MMA Hour.

That wasn’t the only revelation “The Diamond” made while talking to Ariel Helwani, as he also disclosed the reaction of Coach Mike Brown, who evidently gave Poirier a firm reminder of the personal attacks and insults that would naturally come his way ahead of a matchup with Covington.

“Mike Brown called me the other day and was like, ‘DP, if you take that fight, it’s gonna be two months of that, of them talking about your family and making this stuff up. I don’t know if you want to put your wife and daughter through that,’ but I’ve already hit pull on the tweet,” said Poirier.

The last man to experience Covington’s trash-talking ways was Masvidal. But after failing to punish the former interim titleholder in the Octagon, “Gamebred” sought to do so on the streets, where he reportedly sucker-punched the #1-ranked welterweight from behind.

While a clash with Poirier, who has experience dealing with a similar pre-fight build having shared the Octagon with Conor McGregor after a number of personal attacks prior to UFC 264, likely wouldn’t be taken to the streets, their history and previous back and forth would certainly lay a nice foundation for an animosity-fueled matchup.

Although given that he’s citing brain damage as an injury suffered as a result of Masvidal’s alleged attack, it probably wouldn’t help Covington’s cause to accept a cage fight off the back of that claim…

How do you think a fight between Dustin Poirier and Colby Covington would play out?

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Dustin Poirier Open To Colby Covington Fight: “He’s Everything I Dislike About Mixed Martial Arts”

Dustin PoirierDustin Poirier has now added Colby Covington to the list of opponents he is open to standing across the octagon from on July 30. Back in March, Covington defeated former teammate turned bitter rival, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, in a dominant unanimous decision outing. Following the win, Covington called for a fight against Poirier, another former […]

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Dustin Poirier has now added Colby Covington to the list of opponents he is open to standing across the octagon from on July 30.

Back in March, Covington defeated former teammate turned bitter rival, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, in a dominant unanimous decision outing. Following the win, Covington called for a fight against Poirier, another former American Top Team teammate. ‘Chaos’ stated the following:

“I just took care of Miami street trash, now it’s time to take care of Louisiana swamp trash. Where you at Dustin Poirier, you C***. You said it’s on sight. Name the site, Dustin. Bring that jezebel of a wife and bring that little kid that’s Connor’s kid and I’ll see you soon. You’re Next.”

Poirier quickly shut the idea down, stating he didn’t want Covington to profit off of his name. He also added that if he were to fight Covington, it wouldn’t be in the UFC octagon and that it wouldn’t be for money. 

Poirier’s last fight was a loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 in December. Since then, ‘El Diamante’ has been adamant in his campaign for a bout with Nate Diaz, but has surprisingly not seen anything come to fruition despite his persistent claims.

Dustin Poirier explains his callout of Colby Covington

On Friday, Poirier took to social media, stating that he was targeting a fight for July 30 in Dallas, TX. He then tweeted at Covington, implying he wanted to fight him on that day. It was a swift turnaround for Poirier, who, speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, explained his change in mind. 

“I don’t hate anyone, but if there was a line right before hate, Colby’s standing right there. I really dislike the guy and I’ve been saying I don’t want him to make a dollar off of fighting me, but they offered me him last week…it was either wait to the end of the year and fight for a No. 1 contender at Lightweight, or fight in July, and that was the name they gave me. So I was like, F*** it.” 

A fight with Covington may not be his first choice, but it certainly is still a big fight for Poirier. It’s a chance to establish himself in the elite of a second-weight division and to face an opponent with whom he has a lot of history.

“He’s everything I dislike about mixed martial arts. He’s a cartoon character. Everything he does is for an extra click, view, none of it’s authentic.” 

Who do you think would win between Dustin Poirier and Colby Covington?

Dustin Poirier Reveals List Of Potential Opponents at 155lbs

Dustin PoirierIn an interview with Ariel Helwani, Dustin Poirier revealed who he would be open to facing next in his return to the octagon. Its been five months since Poirier made his unsuccessful attempt to claim the lightweight title from Charles Oliveira at UFC 269. In the lead up, many saw Poirier as a major threat […]

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In an interview with Ariel Helwani, Dustin Poirier revealed who he would be open to facing next in his return to the octagon.

Its been five months since Poirier made his unsuccessful attempt to claim the lightweight title from Charles Oliveira at UFC 269. In the lead up, many saw Poirier as a major threat to the streaking champion, as ‘The Diamond’ was entering the bout coming off his second successive stoppage victory over Conor McGregor.  

Poirier would enter the bout as the betting favorite, but was met by a resilient Oliveira, who rallied to submit the American in the third round.

Now the former interim champion is looking to get back to winning ways and has a long list of potential opponents across two weight classes. Talking to Ariel Helwani on MMA Fighting’s MMA Hour, Poirier reveals who he’d face at lightweight.

“I’ll fight Chandle,r I’ll fight Gaethje,” Poirier said. “If Tony [Ferguson] wins a fight and comes back down to 155 I’ll fight Tony. Whoever’s in the line, I’ll fight anybody. Anyone.”

Dustin Poirier’s Potential Move To Welterweight

Poirier has made no secret of his of plans to make a move to 170lbs and following his most recent loss it seemed as likely as ever.

“To clear the air about 170,” Poirier said. “I can make 155 no problem, have eight weeks, do a camp- I can make 155. But these guys are offering me fights at the end of the year, you know, I want to fight now.”

“So I say if I fight 170, that doubles the chance of me getting a fight right now. I want to fight this Summer.”

It looks like superstar, Nate Diaz is the most likely candidate, with Poirier admitting in the interview that he had accepted two fights presented to him by the UFC to fight Diaz this year.

The Louisianan also recently called out former teammate, turned bitter rival, Colby Covington, who according to Poirier the UFC had offered him a week prior.

‘.@ColbyCovMMA July 30th i accept’- Dustin Poirier

Who would you like to see Dustin Poirier face next?

Dustin Poirier Welcomes Michael Chandler Fight: ‘Somebody Is Gonna Get Sparked Out’

Dustin PoirierDespite recent UFC 274 victor, Michael Chandler distancing himself from a fight against former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier – the latter has welcomed a potential showdown, claiming one of them will likely suffer a knockout loss if they share the Octagon with each other. Chandler, who featured on the main card of UFC 274 […]

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Despite recent UFC 274 victor, Michael Chandler distancing himself from a fight against former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier – the latter has welcomed a potential showdown, claiming one of them will likely suffer a knockout loss if they share the Octagon with each other.

Chandler, who featured on the main card of UFC 274 earlier this month in Phoenix, Arizona – managed to land his second Octagon win with a brutal second round front kick knockout win over former interim gold holder, Tony Ferguson.

Following the victory, Chandler distanced himself from a future title-eliminator against Poirier next, claiming that the Louisianan had “disregarded” him upon his initial UFC landing following his tenure with Bellator, where he struck lightweight gold three times. 

As for Poirier, the former interim lightweight titleholder has yet to score an Octagon outing since his UFC 269 title challenge loss against common-foe, Charles Oliveira last December – despite his best efforts, albeit. 

Dustin Poirier campaigns for any sort of opponent before the end of this summer

The American Top Team mainstay has welcomed fights against the likes of Nate Diaz, and event arch-rival, Colby Covington this summer, and despite Chandler insisting that he is not interested in fighting him, Poirier does not share a similar sentiment.

“He’s (Michael Chandler) never beaten anybody coming off a win in the UFC,” Dustin Poirier said of a fight with Michael Chandler during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “He’s been dropped in his last three fights. He’s never beat somebody coming off a win. What are Dan Hooker’s last five fights, and what are Tony Ferguson’s last five fights? The two guys he beat in the UFC. What are their records in their last fights?”

“I’m not talking trash, I’m stating facts,” Dustin Poirier insisted. “It’s whatever, bro. I’ll fight him, too. I don’t care anymore. Just book me something. Somebody’s gonna get sparked out, let’s go.” 

Despite his loss to Oliveira in his most recent outing, Poirier had previously embarked on an impressive three-fight winning run, defeating the above mentioned, Hooker, as well as handing a rematch and subsequent rubber match trilogy defeat to former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor.