This past November, Poirier picked up another big win in a career full of them, submitting Michael Chandler at UFC 281. The win solidified Poirier’s top-five position in the lightweight division, and afterwards, some suggested a potential title eliminator bout with Dariush could be next. Except Poirier shot that down, saying he wasn’t really interested, and needless to say, Dariush doesn’t think much of that.
“I wish he’d be a little bit more clear as to, what is it that doesn’t excite him about me?” Dariush told Submission Radio. “Are my fights not exciting enough? Or is it a skill issue? Or is it just because I don’t have the name? Because if it’s just because of the name, he should really consider — and I say this as nicely as possible, I’m not trying to be a d***, but he should really consider retiring. Because if you’re going to look for the names, if you’re going to look to fight only guys that the name will get you, bro, there’s dogs coming. There’s dogs, and they’re young and they’re hungry. They’re looking to kill.
“There’s guys out there already and there’s not a whole lot of Michael Chandlers left out there in the division. How many more fights like that can you get? You’re going to have to fight one of these dogs, and currently I’m at the forefront of these guys. So either step up or think about doing something else. He seems successful so, if you’re not genuinely — fighting is not a sport you want to be half-hearted about. So if he’s not 100 percent in, he should really reconsider what he’s doing.”
Poirier almost certainly won’t be retiring but did say that he wasn’t sure if he wanted “go through the killers” it would take to get back to a title shot. Instead, Poirier said his focus was one fight at a time.
Dariush, meanwhile, has been going through the killers. Currently on an eight-fight winning streak, Dariush is coming off of a win over rising contender Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 280. Unfortunately for Dariush, Alexander Volkanovski moving up to challenge lightweight champion Islam Makhachev means Dariush is currently on the outside looking in at a title shot, and with guys like Poirier and Charles Oliveira not interested in fighting him at the moment, it’s a frustrating position for the No. 4 contender.
“I’m like, dang, man. These are guys I genuinely want to fight,” Dariush said. “The reason I fought Gamrot wasn’t because I had to fight Gamrot. It wasn’t like they were making me fight him. I fought Gamrot because, bro, look at the fight he just has with Arman [Tsarukyan]. What a frickin’ fight. It got my blood pumping, so I was like, let me fight this guy. It’s the same thing when I watch Dustin Poirier fight Michael Chandler. It gets me pumped and I want to fight these guys. They’re great. They do certain things so well and it would be great to compete against them, but you can’t do anything about it when they don’t want to do it.”
It’s unclear what comes next for Dariush. During the interview, he revealed the UFC has yet to definitely establish him as the next title contender, and chose not to have him serve as the alternate for the upcoming Makhachev vs. Volkanovski fight. That leaves Dariush in a state of limbo, essentially waiting for that fight to play out. And while that can be frustrating, Dariush does acknowledge it might actually be for the best.
“Wait and see is not a bad strategy, surprisingly,” Dariush said. “Wait and see is not a bad strategy in MMA and it’s worked out for a lot of guys. It’s just that I’m very impatient. Even though I don’t act like it, I’m very impatient.”
Update: Poirier responded to Dariush’s comments below.
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On To The Next One. The OTTNO 2023 predictions extravaganza.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Promo of the year. Yung Gravy where you at?
Return of the McGregor.
Might be the best Derrick Lewis has ever looked.
Derrick Lewis looks like he’s ready for welterweight pic.twitter.com/vf9YB2ygIM— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) January 7, 2023
Jiri Prochazka, back to work.
First run in our mountains in this year!— Jiri BJP Prochazka (@jiri_bjp) January 9, 2023
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Give it to Sean Strickland. He need Jesus. https://t.co/O4xfzsTl8p— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) January 8, 2023
Oh the days of Facebook self-promotion.
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What a nice guy.
Hey all of you are also invited to the party if you want to come @MeansTim @Nikohybridprice @bryan_barberena @alexmoronomma @RdosAnjosMMA @TonyFergusonXT in March, I can make barbecue for y’all @ufc pic.twitter.com/77hiY2XRwA— The Leech (@LiJingliangufc) January 8, 2023
John Lineker (35-9) vs. Fabricio de Andrade (8-2); ONE Championship, Feb. 10.
Martin Nguyen (14-6) vs. Shamil Gasanov (13-0); ONE Championship, Feb. 10.
Cynthia Calvillo (9-5-1) vs. Loopy Godinez (8-3); UFC 287, April 8.
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