Dustin Poirier sends message to Khabib after stunning Conor McGregor – 'I am the champion'

Dustin Poirier declared he is the ‘champion’ after knocking out Conor McGregor at UFC 257. The American defeated McGregor in the highly anticipated bout after 2:36 of round two of the main event.

This serves as revenge for Poirier, who lost to McGregor in a 2014 bout by a technical knock-out in the first round.

With Khabib Nurmagomedov, the reigning UFC lightweight champion having announced his retirement, and no closer to a return despite Dana White’s efforts, Poirier moved to declare himself the new champion.

Although this bout was not announced as being for the championship, Poirier’s stunning win serves as notice for Nurmagomedov.

“I felt like this was a title fight. I am the champion,” Poirier said after his victory.

“’I’m happy man but I’m not surprised I put in the work.

“The goal was to be technical and pick my shots. to not brawl at all. I can box very technically but i have a tendency of going crazy and getting in trouble.”

The American also praised McGregor for his professionalism and hinted that he would be willing to take on the Irishman in a third bout.

“First off I gotta say Conor has taken this result very professionally,” Porier said.

“[We’re] 1 and 1, maybe we have to do it again. I’m happy with the place where I’m at.”

Poirier also hailed the work his foundation is doing back in the US.

“The win is great, but I’m fighting for bigger things back home with my good fight foundation. I love my wife, i love my city and i love my foundation,” he said.

“Max Holloway thinks he is the best boxer but i have beat the kid twice. Nothing against the kid.”


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