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Dustin Poirier responds to facing Tony Ferguson next after beating Dan Hooker

Dustin Poirier got the win over Dan Hooker
Dustin Poirier celebrates after his victory over Dan Hooker of New Zealand in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dustin Poirier was impressive in his win over Dan Hooker and responded to facing Tony Ferguson next

Former UFC interim Lightweight champion Dustin Poirier returned to the promotion with a win over Dan Hooker.

The Diamond lost the interim title to Khabib Nurmagomedov nearly a year back. Poirier was back in action on Fight Night, and he seemed a little rusty at the start.

Dustin Poirier is one of the top Lightweight stars
Dustin Poirier of United States looks on against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia during their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Hooker won the first two rounds but Poirier came roaring back to dominate the next three. He even quipped that he wanted a sixth round as Hooker was down on the floor.

Poirier spoke about taking a bit of a break now but was open to fighting later in the year or even next year.

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani made the prediction of Poirier facing Tony Ferguson next. However, the former champion suggested that he wants to take a break:

Praise from the champion too

Khabib faces Justin Gaethje for the undisputed Lightweight title. However, the Russian is still the champion and had some great words for his rival.

Khabib had beaten Poirier to win the title, and said this was a “great fight”. Poirier also thanked the “champ” for this message, but a clash against Ferguson would be great.

Tony Ferguson lost to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249
Tony Ferguson (R) looks to punch Justin Gaethje (L) in their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Ferguson hasn’t fought since losing to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. This was for the interim Lightweight title, but Ferguson was destroyed by Gaethje.

Poirier has never faced Ferguson. However, The Diamond has beaten some of the biggest names in the business with wins over Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis.

The 31-year-old still has a few quality years left in him, and it will be interesting to see who his next opponent is.

He could also get a title shot after Gaethje vs Khabib. However, Ferguson vs Poirier does have a nice ring to it.

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