Dustin Poirier says revenge wasn’t the key factor in accepting a rematch against Conor McGregor.
Poirier and McGregor are set to collide again on January 23. The lightweight bout will headline UFC 257. UFC President Dana White is expecting to hold UFC 257 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with fans in attendance.
Back on September 27, 2014, Poirier and McGregor competed in the featherweight division. McGregor won the bout via first-round TKO. Most would agree that both men have gone through significant changes since their first encounter.
Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, Poirier said that taking a rematch with McGregor isn’t about getting even.
“He was obviously a great fighter in finishing a bunch of guys before me in his UFC career, but at this point we’re both so much more established and have so much more experience, just more mature fighters, and I think you get a completely different fight here. I was emotional in the first one. I wanted to hurt the guy. This time I just want to outsmart him, just want to beat him. This is business. This isn’t any ill will towards the guy.
“When I was younger, I used to fight with a lot of emotion. This isn’t the same thing for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge type of thing for me. This is about moving my career forward, about putting my family in a better spot. It’s not trying to get back a guy who got me. This is just business.”
This will be McGregor’s first bout since January 2020. He defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds via TKO. Poirier’s last outing was a “Fight of the Year” contender. He defeated Dan Hooker via unanimous decision back in June.