Two of the biggest names in the UFC need opponents.
Former lightweight interim champion Dustin Poirier has been battling it out since his undisputed UFC 269 title challenge against Charles Oliveira and former welterweight title contender Gilbert Burns wants to get the ship right after falling to UFC 273 against Khamzat Chimaev.
On Saturday, Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) posted a message on Twitter simply says, “I want to fight.”
It did not take long for Poirier to get attention from his peers as Burns (20-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) raised his hand for a challenge. “170?” was the quick and to the point response of Burns, who is apparently willing for a fight against welterweight.
170? 👀 https://t.co/Flphm9y0vl
– GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) 23 April 2022
Poirier put together a win over Dan Hooker and consecutive wins over former doubles champion Conor McGregor to earn a chance at Charles Oliveria’s lightweight title at UFC 269. Poirier fell short in his second bid for the division’s undisputed title and left the former interim champion considering a move to welterweight out of preference.
Burns challenged Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title at UFC 258, but eventually fell to the reigning champion. He recovered with a strong win over Stephen Thompson, but then faced another setback in an overall war against Chimaev at UFC 273. Considering his recent series of opponents, Burns could go a number of directions for his next outing , and apparently he would consider Poirier.
However, Burns was not the only welterweight to respond to Poirier’s message. Claimant Belal Muhammad also sent an answer, but he was not exactly looking for an opponent.
“Let’s go jump Colby (Covington),” Muhammad joked in response to Poirier’s tweet.
Let’s go jump colby
– Belal Muhammad (@ bullyb170) 23 April 2022
The name most associated with Poirier in recent months was Nate Diaz, who has one fight left on his current UFC contract. Diaz has several times asked for the promotion to book him against Poirier for his “retirement fight”, in addition to only asking for his release if a fight is not booked soon.
“I would love to fight Dustin Poirier, like now,” Diaz said. “As I have tried. If there is any confusion, it is him and them and the game. ”