Dustin Poirier is about to challenge for the UFC lightweight title once again, but he’s still thinking about his previous lightweight title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Poirier fell short of his first UFC title at UFC 242, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov by third-round submission. He had some relative success early on in the bout and nearly trapped Nurmagomedov in a guillotine choke.

Nurmagomedov had always been known for his other-worldly wrestling prowess, as he showcased against Poirier and others. Poirier praised Nurmagomedov during a recent interview with Valuetainment.

“I’ve fought all kinds of different people, all kinds of different styles, and been around the world training at gyms. This guy is good,” Poirier said. “His understanding of his weight distribution, where my weight needs to be to keep me up, to build back up and his understanding of grappling is impressive.”

Dustin Poirier fell to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 by third-round submission

“The best I’ve ever felt, the best I’ve ever seen,” Poirier continued. “His understanding of what I needed to do and what positions I needed to be in to advance. He was steps ahead of me.”

Despite falling short against arguably the greatest UFC fighter of all time, Poirier will get another shot at gold at UFC 269 against Charles Oliveira later this year. He’s earned back-to-back stoppage wins over Conor McGregor along with an impressive showing against Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12.

Nurmagomedov retired from MMA following his title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Nurmagomedov and Poirier have always had respect for one another, even in the midst of competing.

Poirier will look to reign in a new era in the UFC’s lightweight division and seek vengeance for his earlier loss to Nurmagomedov.

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Curtis Calhoun is a Combat Sports Contributor based in Seattle, Washington. After a longtime dream of becoming a sports journalist, he was able to accomplish his goals upon graduating from Washington State University in 2016.