UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier is eyeing to bounce back from his recent loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, with a rematch against the promotion’s biggest draw, Conor McGregor.
Falling short of winning the undisputed lightweight title, Poirier suffered a third-round submission loss last Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at The Arena in Abu Dhabi.
An emotional Poirier spoke at the post-fight cage interview as he felt uncertain about his future in the UFC after a considerable loss, which ended his five-fight winning streak that includes victories over Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, and Anthony Pettis.
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Didn’t get the result I wanted Saturday. This is what happens sometimes when you’re chasing greatness. I gave this my all. I’m down but not out. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages and support. It means the world to me. This one really hurts. It’s a hurt that im very familiar with…
“I just feel like I let myself down.”
“Maybe there were times in there I could have done more.”
“I’m sorry for anyone I let down with this performance.”
Three days removed from UFC 242, it seems like ‘The Diamond’ has made up his mind about his fighting career.
Time to be graceful
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 8, 2019
“If time has taught me anything, it’s when times are good be grateful. And when you lose, be graceful.” – Dustin Poirier
— DareDevil ✴ (@Hasan_khan07) September 7, 2019
It Makes Sense
In a recent Twitter post, the former interim lightweight champion called for a rerun of his UFC 178 fight with ‘The Notorious.’
“I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point,” Poirier wrote.
Their first meeting happened way back 2014 when Poirier was still a featherweight fighter.
That time, McGregor made quick work of Poirier as he won by way of technical knockout just less than 100 seconds into the opening round.
It was the last time Poirier was seen competing in the featherweight division as he changed weight division after that loss, making a solid run in the lightweight class that led to the unification bout last Saturday.
Down but not out. Poirier is now aiming to return to the win column, while also looking to exact his revenge on the Irishman.
— JPDAILYSPORTS (@JCPGATA) September 10, 2019
It did not take long before McGregor responded to Poirier’s call.
Here’s Conor’s reply:
I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro.
You should have spoke my name with a bit more respect in that build up. “McGregor’s not next”
Motherfucker, it’s McGregor always!
McGregor is the goal! Always!
Say that now and I’ll think about it.#GoneIn90seconds #NicCage #AJolie
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 10, 2019
McGregor has been out of actions for almost 11 months now, following his fourth-round submission loss to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Recovering from a hand injury, reports say that the Irish star is targeting an MMA comeback later this year, with the Khabib rematch on his sights.
In the post-UFC 242 press conference, Dana White revealed that McGregor could be next for the title shot if the no. 1 ranked contender Tony Ferguson turns down the fight with Khabib.
— Ross Edmonds (@RosssEdmonds) September 8, 2019
While on the sidelines, McGregor has been involved in major controversies including a pair of altercations with a fan in Miami and an elderly man at an Irish pub.
Will we see Conor McGregor fighting Dustin Poirier in his return?
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