- Dustin Poirier likes the idea of a fourth fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 300
- “The Diamond” believes he should be included in the UFC 300 event
Dustin Poirier is eyeing a huge fight at UFC 300 for his return. He is open to facing any big-name contender in the division but is also down to take on Conor McGregor if it comes down to it.
For the fourth time around
Speaking to ESPN MMA at UFC Vegas 82, “The Diamond” he knows that the line for lightweight title contention is long and he would be glad to fight while waiting. Poirier acknowledged the fact that the 155-pound division is stacked with potential opponents but if a fourth fight with McGregor is what would make sense for UFC 300, then he’s totally ok with it.
“If [Charles] Oliveira’s getting the fight again with [Islam] Makhachev. [Justin] Gaethje’s going to be next, he’s going to sit out and wait for that because he’s guaranteed himself a shot, so how long is that going to take, you know? So I’ve got to fight somebody, it just depends on who the biggest fight I can make is,” Poirier said.
“The lightweight division’s been super competitive and kind of top-heavy for the last I don’t know how many years but a long time and we can’t just keep fighting the same guys over and over again so yeah the new crop’s going to keep coming in. They’re going to sink or swim and we’ll see what’s up,” he continued.
“We’ll see [if a fourth fight with McGregor is possible]. I probably would try to shut him up once and for all but even if I slap his a** around again he’s still going to be chatting, so, we’ll see. Is he and Chandler official for that? I don’t know what’s going on… [Me and McGregor] It’ s a huge fight, I’m 2-1 against him, I don’t really see another reason for it but it’d be a huge fight,” he added.
UFC 300 makes sense for Dustin’s career
Poirier is coming off a massive KO loss to Justin Gaethje in their epic rematch at UFC 291. The way “The Diamond” sees it, there’s no better way to make a comeback than finding the perfect opponent for UFC 300, considering he wasn’t part of UFC 200 and he would be gone by the time UFC 400 takes place.
“I’ve been thinking about 300. I think that’s a big event, you know? Like I said in another interview, I missed 200, I’m not going to be around for 400, so that would be like, pretty cool for me,” Poirier explained. “But um, just have to see opponents and the landscape at that time what’s going to happen, I don’t know. But I think I’m going to fight at the beginning of next year, the opponent is what we’re looking for.”
McGregor scored a first-round TKO win over Poirier back in their featherweight years in the UFC. However, Poirier hit back and finished “Notorious” in their rematch at UFC 257. McGregor then suffered a horrible leg injury in the trilogy fight which resulted in “The Diamond” winning via TKO.
From the looks of it, Poirier doesn’t need to prove anything with regards to McGregor but the fact that their feud is still ongoing makes a fourth fight somewhat interesting. Aside from McGregor, Poirier said he is also open for a trilogy fight with Gaethje at UFC 300.
Check out Poirier’s full interview below: