Dustin Poirier: 'I completed the violence triangle' by finishing Gaethje, Alvarez, and Chandler
At UFC 281, Dustin Poirier gave us even more reason to believe he is perhaps the best fighter ever to have never been an undisputed champion in his weight class; defeating Michael Chandler by rear naked choke in the third round after an epic war.
This win undoubtedly puts Poirier - who has won four of his last five bouts - back in the picture for a title shot. However, in a more meaningful sense, it has added to Poirier's legacy as a fearless competitor who never has a boring fight.
In an interview, when discussing future opponents, Poirier boasted that he "completed the violence triangle" (referring to his finishes of fellow "action fighters" at lightweight: Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, and the aforementioned Chandler).
While he has already made a good case for getting another title shot, current champion Islam Makhachev could prove to be a dreadful stylistic matchup for "The Diamond," who lost to Makhachev's longtime teammate and former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov by third round rear naked choke at UFC 242.
Poirier's legacy and fight purse could perhaps be better served by fighting other action fighters at lightweight; the likes of Beneil Dariush, Rafael Fiziev, or perhaps a rematch with former champion Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira. In any case, whenever "The Diamond" fights, the eyes of fans will be drawn to the octagon.