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What’s next for Dustin Poirier after defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC Norfolk?

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Norfolk-Poirier vs Pettis Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Poirier picked up one of the biggest wins of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, outclassing former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Virginia (see it again here).

It was an entertaining “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning matchup that saw both men have their shining moments throughout. Poirier, though, had many more, as he busted up “Showtime” and opened his nose up to cause a bloody mess. In the end, Pettis tapped in the third and final round from what seemed to be broken ribs.

Nevertheless, Poirier picked up a huge victory.

What I’d like to see for “Diamond” next is a showdown against the winner of the upcoming 155-pound collision between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, which is set to go down at UFC 218 on Dec. 2, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

It’s a fight “The Diamond” wants as well.

Poirier’s fight against Alvarez ended in a no-contest after Eddie landed two illegal knees on Dustin at UFC 211 back in May. Dustin was hoping to get the fight back, but the promotion ultimately opted to book Alvarez to coach opposite Gaethje on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) paving the way for their bout.

Should Alvarez defeat Justin, then a rematch against Poirier makes sense as they get a chance to put a clear-cut end to their history. But, should “The Highlight” pull off the win, then a bout against Dustin also makes sense and would give fight fans another thrilling standup war.

Since moving back up to 155-pounds, Poirier has looked phenomenal, winning six of seven minus his no-contest against Alvarez. Indeed, “The Diamond” has proven he is as legit as they come, and if he can pick up a win over Alvarez or Gaethje next, I wouldn’t be opposed to having Dustin compete for the division strap.

For complete UFC Fight Night 120: “Poirier vs Pettis” updates and play-by-play results click here.

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