Poirier Interested in MMA, Boxing Fight Against McGregor
As is the case with most MMA fighters, some want to have a bout that will make them famous. One fighter is looking to fight the most famous member of the UFC roster.
Dustin Poirier is interested in a rematch with Conor McGregor. Initially set to face Dan Hooker at UFC San Diego on May 16, the card is temporarily postponed due to the coronavirus. Whenever he is allowed back to fight, “The Diamond” (25-6, 1NC) is interested in facing the “Notorious” one. His motivation for it is pretty simple.
“Like I said, I want the biggest and the highest ranked guys that I can get,” Poirier stated to MMA Fighting. “Yeah, I’m not circling back around to these guys or begging for fights.
“I’ll fight Dan Hooker no problem, but my job is to get the biggest fights, the most money, get the highest ranked opponents that I can get. So whenever I see people and opportunities that make sense, like me and Conor, of course I would push for that.”
Poirier fought McGregor (22-4) back in 2014 at UFC 178, losing via TKO in the first round. Since then, he has gone 9-2 with one no-contest. Winning the interim UFC Lightweight Championship against Max Holloway, Poirier faced Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September. He lost via submission and hasn’t fought since.
McGregor earned his first win since 2016 when he beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 245 in January. He is looking to fight more often in 2020, which may be a problem due to the coronavirus. The UFC has options for Conor, whether it is a bout with Justin Gaethje, Khabib or anyone else they can think of.
Poirier is willing to do anything to face McGregor, even going above and beyond his comfort zone.
“It just depends on what the UFC has in mind and Conor’s timeframe when he wants to fight,” Poirier went on to say. “A lot of factors play into all this decision making. But I’m definitely open to the fight.
“I’d love it at welterweight. I’d love it in a boxing ring. I’d love it in MMA. I’ll take it at 185 [pounds], I don’t care. I just want the biggest fights that I can get, and that’s definitely one of them.”