The UFC is planning to book the trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
On January 23, Poirier and McGregor shared the Octagon a second time. In their first encounter back in September 2014, McGregor scored a first-round TKO victory over Poirier. Over six years later, “The Diamond” earned a second-round TKO finish over the “Notorious” one.
With the score even, UFC President Dana White is eager to book the trilogy. Appearing on ESPN’s Get Up, the UFC boss said that he’s targeting the summer for Poirier vs. McGregor III (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Well, when you have two guys that are in their positions—Dustin is the No. 1 ranked guy in the world, you got Conor who is ranked No. 6, and they want the trilogy, you got to go with the trilogy. We’re probably going to try to put that fight together this summer.”
While Poirier seemingly put himself in prime position to challenge for the UFC Lightweight Championship, he has expressed his disinterest in fighting Michael Chandler for a potential vacant title. In fact, Poirier even said he’d rather see Chandler and Charles Oliveira fight for the gold. Poirier has been clear that he’d like a trilogy match with McGregor, however.
McGregor took to social media following the loss to give Poirier props. The former UFC “champ-champ” also said he looks forward to the third meeting.
“Hats off! A well-fought fight by The Diamond. One apiece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting! Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be. This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”