Lightweight champion Islam Makhachev puts his title on the line in the UFC 302 main event on Saturday against former interim titleholder Dustin Poirier.  

Poirier has had a legendary UFC career but a world title has eluded him.  Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will likely be his last chance to win UFC gold and could be his final octagon appearance.  Poirier has stated that he could retire regardless of this weekend’s outcome.  

Former middleweight champion Michael Bisping gave his prediction for the lightweight title clash and doesn’t think it will have a storybook ending for Poirier.    

“This is a phenomenal fight.  We all love Dustin Poirier.  The way that he came back and was able to defeat Benoit Saint Denis in the second round after taking an absolute a** kicking was so inspirational.  It just epitomizes why we all love Dustin Poirier,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel.  “I don’t think it’s going to be the sendoff that Dustin Poirier’s looking for.”  

“Benoit Saint Denis was able to go out there and dominate Dustin Poirier early.  He mixed up his wrestling, used the Thai clinch perfectly, was punishing Dustin with knees, was taking him down,” Bisping continued.  “On the feet, that is Dustin’s best chance.  He’s got to stay off the fence.  He’s got to dance around the octagon.  He’s got to use the jab.  He’s got to sprawl and brawl.  He’s got to do whatever he can to try to avoid a clinch situation.”

Each round starts standing, but at some point Makhachev will likely get the fight to the ground.  If he does, Bisping believes that he’ll win the fight.  

“On the feet, I give him (Poirier) the edge.  Of course I do, but it doesn’t matter.  This is mixed martial arts and Islam Makhachev will get that takedown.  And if he gets the takedown I believe he gets the fight and he gets to defend the belt, and he gets to remain the lightweight champion of the world,” said Bisping.  “Islam is just incredible.  He’s the pound-for-pound number one on the planet and I believe on Saturday night he’s still going to be the champion.  

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