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What happens next in the UFC’s lightweight division?

I look at the permutations for newly-crowned UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Dustin Poirier

’The Diamond’ offers a low-risk option for the UFC, who will have few concerns over the Louisiana man’s ability to make it to fight week in shape and on weight.

In his 20-fight career with the UFC, Poirier has never missed weight and never been forced off a card through injury. Throw into the mix the fact that he’s one of the most exciting fighters on the entire roster (with three Fight of the Night bonuses in his last four bouts) and you can see why handing him a title shot makes a lot of sense from a promotional standpoint.

On top of all that, of course, is the fact that he’s a deserving candidate. Poirier has looked outstanding since moving up from featherweight to lightweight and, after recovering from a lone setback against Michael Johnson two years ago, he’s looked superb every time we’ve seen him.

He saved his best performance for his most recent outing, as he stopped Justin Gaethje in an absolute classic. Now he stands on the verge of a title shot.

The big question now is, will he get it?

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Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK national media. UFC/MMA Reporter: BBC Three. News Editor: ONE Championship.

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