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Poirier may retire if he wins at UFC 302

UFC fighter Dustin Poirier is contemplating retirement after 13 years in the Octagon.

A perfect end to an illustrious career in the Octagon may be happening at UFC 302 for the Lightweight title.

Dustin Poirier (30-8-0) recently won against Benoit Saint Denis at UFC 299 in March.

Poirier spoke with The Sporting Tribune as he prepares for his title match on June 1 at UFC 302 against Lightweight champion Islam Makhachev (25-1-0) at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Diamond earned a title match after causing an upset by defeating Saint Denis.

Saint Denis came into the match on a five-fight winning streak, all with finishes in the first two rounds. Poirier was seen as an opportunity for him to enter the top tier of challengers in the division under Islam Makhachev, but it turned out to be the 35-year-old’s night.

Poirier was considered an underdog at +188 according to FanDuel. It took two rounds for Poirier to defeat Saint Denis. He thought “It was crazy” that he was an underdog, but he understood why.

“I’m 35, so I can see maybe why the oddsmakers saw that we saw the best of Dustin in his past, but no, sir, still got it.” Poirier told The Sporting Tribune.

After winning at UFC 299, The Diamond secured a new partnership, with Bud Light adding Poirier to their prestigious lineup of athlete partnerships. Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of UFC, is stepping into the Octagon as the exclusive beer partner of the lightweight contender.

“I’m excited about the future for us. We’ve shot commercials, me and the genie are granting a wish,” Poirier told The Sporting Tribune. “One of the Bud Light fans is gonna be sitting cage side for UFC 302 in New Jersey, that’s like a once in a lifetime experience and sitting next to the cage and see how hard these fights are.”

The first UFC event to feature Bud Light as the presenting sponsor was UFC 299.

Poirier challenges Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title in the main event of UFC 302 in Newark, N.J. As we look at the odds for the upcoming fight, Islam Makhachev (-500) vs. Dustin Poirier (+375).

Islam has recently made comments about how he plans to defeat Poirier. I asked The Diamond for his response to Makhachev’s comments.

“I can show you, better than I can tell you what’s gonna happen.”

While Poirier is considering leaving the sport he loves, he told The Sporting Tribune that if he wins on June 1, this can be the last fight of his career.

“For sure, with the win, it’ll be easier,” Poirier said. “that’s the last thing I have left to do in the sport, I feel. I’ve won as the underdog and I’ve lost as the favorite and I have walked this walk so many times, this is the last thing I have to do, is to be the undisputed world champion.”

Poirier mentioned that he is grateful for the way his career has gone because, many times, the sport retires the fighter, said Poirier.

As he gets ready to face Islam on June 1, Poirier discusses what we can anticipate from him.

“You can expect me to finish Islam and become the undisputed world champion like I said I was going to do when I was 17, 18 years old.”

Poirier has been part of the UFC for 13 years, participating in some of the biggest fights. However, his time in the octagon may be ending.