Conor McGregor Explains Why He Wants Rematch With Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor has revealed why he’s eyeing a rematch with Dustin Poirier.
McGregor and Poirier have done battle once before. The two shared the Octagon back on September 27, 2014. McGregor ended up earning the first-round TKO finish. Both men went on to have their share of accomplishments with McGregor becoming a UFC “champ-champ” and Poirier capturing the interim UFC Lightweight Championship.
Recently, the “Notorious” one and “The Diamond” have expressed interest in fighting one another again. At first, McGregor attempted to hold an exhibition bout outside of the UFC for charity. The UFC ended up making an offer to both men for the rematch.
Poirier shared his theory that McGregor wants to fight him again in order to prepare for Manny Pacquiao. Like “PacMan,” Poirier is a southpaw.
Taking to his Twitter account, McGregor confirmed Poirier’s theory.
Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation.
It’s not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again.
Just want to keep sharp guys, that’s all. It’s only fair. https://t.co/PnjHb4VP9j
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 13, 2020
“Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation. It’s not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again. Just want to keep sharp guys, that’s all. It’s only fair.”
McGregor has claimed that he’s due for a boxing showdown with Pacquiao in the Middle East. The former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion even went as far as to upload a poster, which he later took down. UFC President Dana White claimed that Saudi Arabia threatened legal action against McGregor if he didn’t take the poster down.
Poirier is coming off a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Dan Hooker. After five rounds of action, Poirier was awarded the unanimous decision victory. It was his first bout since the submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in September 2019.
Back in January, McGregor returned to the Octagon for a welterweight clash. He took on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246. McGregor won the bout in 40 seconds via TKO.