Bruce Buffer Explains How Dustin Poirier Can Stun Khabib Nurmagomedov At UFC 242
UFC announcer Bruce Buffer thinks Dustin Poirier can shock Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi this weekend if he can deal with the Russian's wrestling.
Lightweight champion Khabib has won all 27 professional fights and is a heavy favourite to beat Poirier in the desert on Saturday night.
Poirier, 30, beat Max Holloway in April to win the interim lightweight title and earn his shot at the seemingly unbeatable champion.
But PokerStars ambassador Buffer told SPORTbible: "On paper, you have to give the edge to Khabib. I think most people think that he is unbeatable but every man is beatable.
"In this case on paper, Khabib is the dominant fighter, but if you look at Dustin Pourier and how he's come out in his last four fights, he has got better and better with each fight.
"He's a very mature and experienced fighter. He's got to get ready for the wrestling techniques Khabib will throw at him and if he has a game-plan to beat that, he definitely has a shot to win this fight."
Legendary announce Buffer will call all the action on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi.
The 62-year-old was in Anaheim, California last month for Stipe Miocic's victory over Daniel Cormier which left the Louisiana heavyweight, 40, considering retirement.
Buffer said: "This has been a tough week for DC, losing his father. I think it's time for him to take time for himself and decide what's best for him. I believe we will probably see him again.
"The thing about DC is that he's created such an afterlife for himself.
"He's going to go onto a glorious career, commentating or hosting, who knows where he's going to go, perhaps even beyond the UFC.
"DC was contemplating that this was going to be he last fight and he was going to retire.
"There are only two fights that are big fights for DC in my opinion - Jon Jones and a trilogy with Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship."
SPORTbible were talking to Bruce at PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona at Casino Barcelona in Spain.