Dustin Poirier believes he's next opponent for Conor McGregor in UFC

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

Dustin Poirier is coming off a Fight of the Year contender against Dan Hooker in June which he won by decision. According to Dustin Poirier, McGregor's sudden interest in a fight with him also has to do with Pacquiao, as he wants to prepare for his boxing match via an MMA bout, and since Manny has a southpaw stance, he probably wants an in-ring practice with an opponent of similar character, which in this case would be him (Poirier).

White has set a deadline for McGregor vs. Poirier II to get signed but he is awaiting an update on the possibility of having fans present before confirming a location, with Las Vegas now the most likely.

"Dana knows I texted him days before he said that and I said I want this matchup, I want this fight", Poirier said.

Earlier, Conor McGregor did claimed that he is ready to fight, but will only do so in 2020. "A (potential) title fight after that (would likely follow)". "They know I want to fight this year".

"A goal of mine with the charity, which we haven't moved on yet because we need big funding, would be to open a gym on the side of town I grow up on", said Poirier.

"I would never count another man's money, I hope Chandler makes a ton of money in the UFC, but the fact I've been in the UFC for 10 years. and the guy's going to come in here and make more money than me, I understand it's business, but if you want me to fight that guy, you have to step it up", Poirier said. "(We'd) have a youth combat club there. Jiu-Jitsu. Something to get the kids off the streets and somewhere to go after school. "The tuition would be good grades or improved grades".

Poirier wrestled at Northside high and became involved in MMA in his teens.

"For me personally, combat sports has changed my life, " Poirier said passionately. "Not just financially, but my outlook on life, the respect I have, and a lot of things".

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will apparently square off in January.

Poirier said he would be willing to fight McGregor at the 170-pound welterweight limit instead of his customary lightweight limit of 155 pounds, and that also goes for Ferguson and Nate Diaz, who tweeted at Poirier on Wednesday.

I, for one, would love to see a rematch.

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