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Jon Anik: ‘F’ing gangster’ Dustin Poirier doesn’t need UFC title to ‘prove any sort of greatness’



UFC commentator Jon Anik has been narrating Dustin Poirier’s fights for the last 10 years. After an outstanding display in his last meeting in the octagon with Michael Chandler, Jon Anik has fallen short of words as he was all praise for former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier.


In three rounds of action, Poirier and Chandler delivered a thrilling show as they scuffled. Finally, "The Diamond" was able to defeat "Iron" via submission, and the match was named the "Fight of the Night" for the occasion.


Anik lauded Poirier's explosive display at UFC 281, saying that he doesn't need to capture the lightweight title to establish himself as one of the all-time greats. Although the former interim champion was unsuccessful twice in his bid to emerge as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Anik's opinion of the American has still not changed.


The UFC commentator expressed his admiration for "The Diamond" by saying:


"Dustin Poirier is incredible, and I don’t think he needs an undisputed UFC lightweight championship to prove any sort of greatness. This was a difficult matchup [for Poirier] in a lot of respects. Michael Chandler’s explosivity is a problem for a lot of people, and maybe if Chandler makes a little bit of a different decision at times in this fight, the narrative flips."


Anik went on to mention Poirier's resilience and determination in the battle with Chandler.


“Dustin Poirier’s ability to recognize when he’s hurt, bite down on the mouthpiece, and then, obviously, his skill set is such that he is able to submit a guy in this setting, his ability to rise to the occasion...Huge night for Poirier in proving that his UFC body of work counts for a whole lot, and obviously I have buckets of respect for Chandler in defeat.”


Throughout his career, Dustin Poirier fought against the best of the division and fought with determination and passion. In his career, he has gained victories against notable names which include Michael Chandler, Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, Dan Hooker, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, and Anthony Pettis.


However, he was a worthy candidate to hold the UFC gold strap, but he couldn’t succeed due to the superb grappling of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira. All such achievement makes him one of the most respected fighters in the sport.


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