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Dustin Poirier vs Islam Makhachev preview
When is Poirier vs Makhachev?
Dustin Poirier could potentially face the challenge of Islam Makhachev, in Late 2021.
The fight would take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit would be 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Poirier vs Makhachev stats
Dustin Poirier would step into the octagon with a record of 29 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Islam Makhachev would make his way to the cage with a record of 24 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 11 by submission.
The stats suggest Poirier would have a massive power advantage over Makhachev, boasting at 48% knock out percentage over Makhachev's 17%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Makhachev would have an advantage over Poirier, with a 46% submission rate over Poirier's 28%.
Dustin Poirier is the older man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Makhachev has a height advantage of 1 inch over Poirier. Despite this, he has 3-inch reach advantage.
Poirier is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 11 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 2 months earlier than Makhachev, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He has fought 27 more professional rounds, 80 to Makhachev's 53.
Poirier vs Makhachev form
Poirier has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight, he won against Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on 12th November 2022 by in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by in the 3rd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had defeated Dan Hooker at UFC Vegas 4 on 27th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Makhachev has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight, he won against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.
Previous to that, he had won against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by submission in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night on 26th February 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Dan Hooker at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by submission in the 1st round.
He had won against Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31 on 17th July 2021 by submission in the 4th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
In terms of recent activity, Islam Makhachev has been fighting more than Dustin Poirier.
Dustin Poirier last fought 4 months and 12 days ago, while Islam Makhachev's last outing was 1 month and 13 days ago.
Poirier's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 25 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Makhachev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Poirier vs Makhachev?
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