Dustin Poirier does not, in Henry Cejudo’s opinion, belong in the top five UFC fighters pound-for-pound list.
Poirier, a former interim lightweight champion of the UFC, is now rated eighth. Prior to losing by submission to Charles Oliveira in a title match at UFC 269 in December 2021, he had recorded back-to-back stoppage victories against former UFC dual champion Conor McGregor.
Poirier has lost just twice in his last 11 fights, both against champions Khabib Nurmagomedov and Oliveira. Nevertheless, Cejudo believes that despite his stellar record, Poirier’s ability to finish opponents doesn’t qualify him for a spot in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Henry Cejudo throws major shade at Dustin Poirier
When Poirier takes on Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on November 12, he’ll try to go back on the winning side of things. In the course of his entire professional MMA career, “The Diamond” has never lost two straight matches. He is a -175 favorite to beat Chandler.
“Chandler doesn’t have a gold. Neither does Poirier,” Henry Cejudo said on his YouTube channel. “I don’t know why Poirier is pound-for-pound. I really don’t. If I was a champion and I had a belt, with all due respect to Poirier, there is no way you can put guys that have been knocked out and submitted and all that on the pound-for-pound list.”
Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie