Tomorrow morning, we’ll be witnessing the showdown between Khabib vs. Poirier in Las Vegas.
When looking at the two competitors and their fight histories and personal backgrounds, we’re faced with extremely distinct differences. To help better equip and educate viewers, let’s take a look at these two mighty men:
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s career thus far has been nothing less than dominant at 27-0.
When the lights are on, Khabib has proven himself to be unbeatable when he dictates where the fight happens. On the ground, he is a mauler. He was able to knock down Conor Mcgregor which is one of the savviest strikers in the game. The aura that Khabib has developed in the MMA community is that of Mayweather-like invincibility. Bred for success, his father trained him to be a champion from birth.
When it comes to Dustin Poirier, not only has he been defeated, but he has also been embarrassed in the octagon.
Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier would also be the first to admit it. Poirier has been competing in the UFC since the introduction of the featherweight division up to the biggest stage of the sport with a rollercoaster ride of a career. Dropping bouts to Conor Mcgregor and Michael Johnson with brutal KO’s has set Poirier back in his drive towards the championship, but he wouldn’t be Dustin Poirier had he not lost these fights.
Poirier’s consistent grind defined the key difference between himself and Khabib whose father trained him to be a champion from birth.
In his recent matches, a certain mantra has emerged from his camp: “twenty-five minutes to make life fair.” While his life may not be as favored as his opponent, Dustin Poirier works on leveled-ground when he’s in the octagon. Poirier’s career has led him down a path where anytime he falls, he moves closer to the top of the game. Any advantage that his opponent had in their life deems meaningless because Dustin has twenty-five minutes where it’s man-against-man and the influence of history is limited.