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UFC: Islam Makhachev submits Dustin Poirier to retain UFC title...

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Published Time: 02.06.2024 - 03:03:06 Modified Time: 02.06.2024 - 03:03:06

With the win, Makhachev extended his UFC winning streak to 13, passing his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for the longest in lightweight history. Although Arman Tsarukyan is next in line for a title opportunity, Makhachev said he is targeting a move to welterweight to challenge for a championship in a second weight class. UFC, UFC 302, ufc 302 fight card, Islam Makhachev, Dustin Poirier, UFC 302 Results, ufc 302 card, ufc results, islam vs dustin, poirier vs makhachev, dustin poirier vs islam, Makhachev vs Poirier, ufc live



Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier face off in a relentless battle for the lightweight championship, before Poirier taps in the fifth round. (1:20)

For 4½ rounds, Poirier fended off multiple takedown attempts, escaped submissions and pulled himself off the canvas when things looked dire. But Makhachev finally caught Poirier during a scramble with a beautiful ankle pick that allowed him to snatch a d'arce choke and elicit the tap out at 2:42 in the final frame.

"He did very good," an exhausted Makhachev said. "He defended my takedown and gave me a hard time."

With the win, Makhachev extended his UFC winning streak to 13, passing his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for the longest in lightweight history. Although Arman Tsarukyan is next in line for a title opportunity, Makhachev said he is targeting a move to welterweight to challenge for a championship in a second weight class.

"I want to fight for a second belt," Makhachev, 32, said. "When you defend the belt it's not the same, I need a new one. This is my dream."

Poirier failed to capture undisputed gold in his third try. There were rumors that he might retire if he came up short. Poirier wouldn't commit one way or another during his postfight interview.

"I know I can compete with the rest of these guys, but if I do, am I fighting just to fight?" Poirier said. "I got a little girl and a family at home, but I got to see [what's next]. This could be it."

In front of a deafening crowd that got behind the challenger, Makhachev was pushed arguably harder than he had ever been in his UFC tenure and wore the damage on his face from a valiant Poirier.

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