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UFC 236 EXCLUSIVE: Dustin Poirier ready for Khabib as soon as he beats Max Holloway

And Poirier is willing to undergo a quick turnaround to ensure he unifies the lightweight titles.

Poirier will rematch Max Holloway early on Sunday morning for the interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 236.

The winner of the showdown will set up a unification fight with undisputed 155lbs champion Nurmagomedov, who is currently on the sidelines due to suspension.

Nurmagomedov will be eligible to return to action from July 6 onwards and is eyeing an autumn return to the Octagon.

The Russian has set his sights on a September return and it’s understood his comeback fight is currently in the works.

Should the UFC grant the lightweight king’s wish, that will leave Holloway or Poirier with a less than ideal amount of time to prepare for a championship fight.

That doesn’t bother Poirier, though, as he is more than willing to get back in the cage in September after seeing off ‘Blessed’ for a second time.

“We’ll see,” ‘The Diamond’ told Express Sport when asked about the quick turnaround. “I’m honestly hoping me and Max come out of the fight injury free.

That sounds good to me

Dustin Poirier on a potential quick turnaround to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov

“But this is a crazy sport and it’s two guys trying to beat each other up.

“But that sounds good to me. But we’ll see what injuries happen and how the fight goes.”

Poirier goes into his maiden UFC title fight as the overwhelming underdog, a title which is in large part down to Holloway’s 13-fight win streak.

The Louisiana native reckons he’s being overlooked and has insisted his doubters will be proved wrong.

“The oddsmakers, they’re underestimating me,” he said. “But I don’t really look a whole lot into that.

“I’ve been fighting the best guys in the world for over nine years now. And I’ve been a professional fighter for awhile.

“Styles make fights. Mindset, preparation determination, a lot of things factor into fights that oddsmakers have no clue about when it comes to those things.

“I don’t really play a whole lot into odds, but every dog has its day.”

UFC 236 fight card

Main card

Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier (interim lightweight title fight)

Israel Adesanya vs Kelvin Gastelum (interim middleweight title fight)

Eryk Anders vs Khalil Rountree Jr (light-heavyweight bout)

Alan Jouban vs Dwight Grant (welterweight bout)

Ovince Saint-Preux vs Nikita Krylov (light-heavyweight bout)

Prelims

Jalin Turner vs Matt Frivola (lightweight bout)

Wilson Reis vs Alexandre Pantoja (men’s flyweight bout)

Max Griffin vs Zelim Imadaev (welterweight bout)

Boston Salmon vs Khalid Taha (men’s bantamweight bout)

Curtis Milliner vs Belal Muhammed (welterweight bout)

Montel Jackson vs Andre Soukhamthath (men’s bantamweight bout)

Lauren Mueller vs Poliana Botelho (women’s flyweight bout)

Brandon Davis vs Randy Costa (men’s bantamweight bout)

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