Dustin Poirier Said His Relationship With Conor McGregor Would Never “Be Closed”
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor have shared the octagon three times.
Their first ever fight took place at UFC 178 in September 2014, when the two highly touted prospects faced off. Poirier was knocked out in the first round, in one of the greatest examples of the Irishman’s trash talk working to great effect.
After a six-year hiatus, the two rekindled their rivalry at UFC 257 in January of this year.
Nonetheless, Poirier feels that the Irishman can return to his best form inside the Octagon. “The Diamond” remarked in an interview with Morning Kombat’s Brian Campbell that McGregor has what it takes to return to the top.
“I’m not really looking at him. I’m looking at the next challenge, the lightweight title. But, you know, if anybody can pull it back together and get back on top, he’s definitely one of those guys that could. It’s up to him. He’s in control of his destiny, of whatever he’s gonna do.”
“The Diamond” became the first guy to knock out McGregor in the Abu-Dhabi-held main event after a relatively polite pre-fight build. Poirier opted to chase a trilogy money fight with MMA’s greatest superstar after apparently secured a championship opportunity with the win.
In their trilogy, bout McGregor tried to serve some trash talk. However, the trash talk went wrong, when they shared the octagon for the third time. McGregor suffered a broken tibia, and the doctor stopped the fight.
Now the score between these athletes is 2-1, and Poirier is fighting for the title this weekend, while McGregor is still recovering.