Currently riding a five fight win streak (4-0 inside the Octagon) dating back to his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) days, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Dustin Poirier is probably one of the hottest 145-pounders in the promotion today.
Poirier upped his win streak to five with his impressive "Submission of the Night" performance last night (Sat., Feb. 4, 2012) against Max Holloway at UFC 143, which saw "The Diamond" catch the UFC newcomer in a mounted triangle armbar.
Along with a cool $65,000 bonus check, Dustin could have possibly set himself up nicely to challenge the dangerous and nearly impeccable UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo.
Then again, maybe not.
Before he even thinks about taking on the deadly Brazilian in a five-round title fight, Poirier tells MMAFighting.com that he wants to build himself up and improve as a fighter by taking on another streaking featherweight -- "The Korean Zombie."
"I just turned 23 two weeks ago, my fourth fight in the UFC, on a good streak, finishing fights. I think the 'Korean Zombie; will be a fun fight, a good match-up. Good fight for him, good fight for me. We both match up well I think and the fans would love it. And we're both on a streak, so I think it would be right. I don't want the title shot just yet. I don't want to sound cliché' over and over, but, I don't want to build myself up and then fall short at the title and then end up back at the bottom. I want to improve every fight, and when I do get the title shot, I'm going to take it and I am going to hold it for a long time. I just don't want to get there premature and have to work back up to it brick-by-brick. It's gonna happen, I will be a world champion. I'd like two or three more fights. Realistically, if I fight Erik Koch or 'Korean Zombie' and win my next fight, then I'll probably fight Jose Aldo."
Chan Sung Jung, better known as "The Korean Zombie," is currently on a two fight win streak and is coming off a seven second knockout victory over Canadian striker Mark Hominick at UFC 140.
With a shortage of contenders for Jose Aldo's 145-pound strap, a number one contender's bout between the two former WEC standouts could make for quite an intriguing match-up.
Then again, Erik Koch, who was set to challenge Poirier at UFC 143 before injury forced him to bow out, may have something to say about that.
What say you, Maniacs? Is there anyone else in the featherweight division who would match up well with "The Diamond?" Or is Jung the most sensible opponent at this time?