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Dustin Poirier Returning to Lightweight?

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In a surprise – and slightly cryptic – post on his Instagram, Dustin Poirier teases fans with a return to Lightweight. Chael Sonnen claims that he asked Dustin privately a few weeks which division (155 or 170) Dustin was leaning towards for his next fight and that Dustin told him that ‘he wasn’t ready’ to answer the question.

This comes as a surprise to many, given the recent developments in the Poirier v Diaz storyline, as Diaz had claimed last month that he ‘signed’ a bout agreement three weeks ago, per his Twitter:

Diaz and Poirier were originally supposed to meet at UFC 230, but the fight fell apart, with both parties blaming the other.

Who Is Dustin Fighting At Lightweight?

Having said he would ‘probably not’ fight Conor McGregor for a fourth time earlier this week on Twitter while interacting with fans, as well as ruling out a fight with Michael Chandler, seemingly uninterested, who does Dustin plan on fighting at Lightweight? There are very few there currently who could possibly provide a strong enough incentive to return to 155, which we should remember is a brutal cut for Dustin, who weighs around 180 in the cage on the night of the fight.

Everyone ranked within two spots (C. Charles Oliveira vs #1. Justin Gaethje, #3. Beneil Dariush vs 4. Islam Makhachev) of Dustin has a fight booked. Of the potential remaining candidates in the Top 10 currently active Lightweights, none really make sense. Anyone below Michael Chandler would be too low in the rankings, and so that means it has to be someone that Poirier has a history with. It’s ‘probably’ not Conor, according to Dustin himself. Could it be a title eliminator for Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway to move up to Lightweight?

The former Featherweight Champ has beef with Dustin, who has beaten him twice. Max has been shut out of the Featherweight Title picture until at least April, barring anything crazy happening with Alex Volkanovski or TKZ, and has previously teased a move to Lightweight to challenge sitting Champion, Charles Oliveira, over whom Max has a victory, albeit at Featherweight and via injury.

Is Dustin simply confirming that he is in fact returning to fighting in general, or is there someone specific he has in mind? Sound off below!

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