The pair last faced each other at UFC 264, during which McGregor was stopped in the first round and suffered a broken leg as a result. That took their overall rivalry to 2-1 in favor of Poirier, with the Irishman being left to ponder that loss for two years and counting. Prior to that, Poirier stopped McGregor in the second round at UFC 257, while McGregor won their first clash with a first-round stoppage at UFC 178. And following McGregor’s recent enrollment into USDA, the MMA fighter is expected to return next year. A summer fight with Michael Chandler looks most likely. And yet, a Poirier fight could happen later down the line, which the American did not rule out.
“I probably would (say yes) – try to shut him up once and for all. But even if I slap his ass around again, he’s still going to be chatting. So we’ll see. Is him and Chandler official? I don’t know what’s going on. But that’s a huge fight. (Our rivalry is) 2-1 against him. I don’t really see another reason for it, but it’d be a huge fight,” Poirier
But before that can even be considered, there are still a few questions that need addressing. Will McGregor look the same on his return, given that he suffered a career-threatening injury? In addition, the Irishman must overcome his next opponent if it is indeed Chandler. As for Poirier, he has spoken about wanting to run things back with Justin Gaethje after being stopped in the second round at UFC 291, as the latter won the BMF title. So, for now, a fight is still some way away.