Poirier Explains Why He Took McGregor Rematch Over Title Fight
Dustin Poirier has made it clear that he wanted to run it the third time against Conor McGregor after avenging his 2014 loss at UFC 257 to make big bucks. In an interview with ESPN, the Diamond opened up about being a “prize fighter”.
“Me fighting for the belt, I wouldn’t have got pay-per-view [points]. I’d have gotten a base salary of probably not even a third of my base salary for this fight,” the No. 1-seeded division contender said. “It just doesn’t make sense. I’m a prize fighter. If I’m gonna make five, six, seven, 10 times the amount of money to fight, I’m a father, I’m a husband and I have priorities.”
Nevertheless, the Diamond is brimming with confidence after serving the Irishman his fifth loss of the pro career at UFC 257. After a slow start of the main event, Poirier capitalized on the Notorious in the second round to upset the odds.
He continued: “If I am the best in the world, then I’m gonna beat Conor and fight for the belt. It’s like doubling down on yourself. I’m a gambling man. I believe in my skills and fighting. So I just doubled down. That’s what it was.”
Even UFC President Dana White was impressed with Poirier’s decision t ditch the title fight. In an interview week before Charles Oliviera was crowned the lightweight champion, White called the Diamond “smart” for going after McGregor again.