Poirier: Fans Want Conor Fight
Even though he is still recovering from hip surgery, Dustin Porier eyes not only an early 2020 return to the Octagon but his chance to face Conor McGregor.
“They had to re-shape the head of my femur back round. They had to trim my hip socket up a little bit. I had a lot of extra bone growth just from years of stressing it out. Because of that bone growth, it caused an impingement in my hip, which tore my labrum off the bone,” Poirier explained to MMA Fighting/
“So they repaired my labrum, re-anchored it to the hip socket and then shaved all my bones smooth again.”
“I’ll be training hard in January and I think that late March, early April is realistic,” Poirier said about his first fight since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. “My doctor thinks that’s a realistic return. I’m going to start training hard in January and I’m actually going to be getting in shape all through December.
“I’ve actually been eating a plant-based diet to heal up. My body’s feeling great. I’m lighter than I usually am in camp right now. Everything’s going good. I’m staying positive and March or April we’ll be beating somebody up. I just want it to be the right name and I want it to make sense.”
“When they offer me a name that gets me excited then that will be the right one,” Poirier said. of return options. “A Conor [McGregor], a Nate Diaz, a Khabib [Nurmagomedov], a Tony [Ferguson], those kinds of guys get me excited.
“I just want fights like that. Fights that get me excited. Fights that are going to be exciting.”
“I respect “Cowboy” and everything he’s done but I do think he’s on the back end of his career,” Poirier said of McGregor’s rumored January opponent. “It’s “Cowboy,” he can show up and submit or knock out Conor as well. I’m not counting the guy completely out but I do think that is a more favorable fight for him on his return.
“Fight a guy who’s been KO’d or TKO’d twice in his past two fights. I’m not a matchmaker.
“I think it would make more sense if he’s trying to get back to the top,” Poirier said of McGregor. “I was the former interim world champion. Conor’s the former undisputed world champion. We fought years ago, we both had our separate paths and we’ve both done great things. I think this makes a lot of sense. I’m No. 2, I think he’s No. 3. It makes a lot of sense.
“I think the fans want to see it as well but time will tell. I definitely want that fight, and it’s something I want to do.”
Report: MMA Fighting