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Dustin Poirier Clears the Air on UFC 299 Drama, Focused on Five-Round Showdown with Benoit Saint-Denis


Dustin Poirier during weigh in
Former UFC Champion Dustin Poirier

In the aftermath of the recent UFC 299 booking uncertainties, lightweight star Dustin Poirier is ready to set the record straight and shift his focus to the upcoming clash with Benoit Saint-Denis. The co-headlining bout, scheduled for March 9 in Miami, faced uncertainty due to what Poirier describes as a "miscommunication."


During an interview on The MMA Hour, Poirier remained discreet about the specific details but emphasized that the fight was back on track after resolving the issues. Poirier stated, 


"There was some miscommunication — not everybody was on the same page, and I couldn’t get a hold of somebody, and things got a little bit confusing for me, and I was waiting to hear something. But it is what it is, fight’s on."


Poirier, coming off a knockout loss to Justin Gaethje, is eager to showcase his skills against Saint-Denis and has insisted that the bout be a five-round affair. He believes that the extended format will favor him, allowing his experience and timing to come into play.


Addressing the odds stacked against him as a betting underdog, Poirier remains unfazed, highlighting his history of performing exceptionally well in the face of such distinctions. The matchup with Saint Denis, who finished five consecutive opponents, promises to be a test of Poirier's resilience and determination.


Reflecting on his choice of opponent for UFC 300, Poirier explained that the big names he sought were not offered by the UFC. Instead, the option of facing Saint-Denis at UFC 299 made more sense, considering its proximity to his training camp and home.


As the narrative unfolds, Poirier sees the upcoming fight as an opportunity to prove himself once again. He expressed, 


"Somebody gave me my shot to crack into [the top 15]. So I respect the game, and that’s what I’m doing. Let’s see if I still [got it]."


Mark your calendars for March 9 as Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint Denis go head-to-head in a five-round showdown, promising nothing but excitement for MMA enthusiasts.

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