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Before you start watching the full fight video, read the prediction - Mookie Alexander: I am shocked at how many people are picking Poirier. I thought I was being cool and different going the other way. We know Khabib has a pretty clear path to victory and he usually gets the fight he wants… but his overall lack of fights against the top-tier of lightweights mean that we still have some stylistic matchups we’ve not seen him face yet. Poirier is one of those fighters, and he’s arguably the most well-rounded striker that he’s ever faced. I can see Poirier aggressively looking for body shots and ways to… I won’t say tire Khabib out, but slow him in ways we’ve not seen other fighters slow him down. He is capable of fighting off of his back foot, he’s an excellent counterstriker, and he mixes his strike selection up beautifully. Khabib is not nearly as effective a fighter in open space as he is towards the fence, so if Poirier can keep away from there, he has a great chance to win. Poirier has the cardio to match Khabib and he’s hardly some hopeless fighter on the ground if he does get taken down… but I sure as hell wouldn’t want the fight to happen there. There’s an aura of invincibility that Khabib has that I’ve never really agreed with, and while he’s an outstanding fighter with a great resume, I don’t think Poirier has any singular defined weakness that he can exploit like he’s done with McGregor, Iaquinta, RDA, etc. I’m going for the upset! Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision.