Conor McGregor receives rematch message from Dustin Poirier amid UFC return uncertainty
Conor McGregor has received a rematch message from Dustin Poirier, who has doubled down on his eagerness to settle the score with ‘The Notorious’. After making a spectacular return to the Octagon in January in the main event of UFC 246, McGregor is on the lookout for an opponent for the second fight of his 2020 ‘season’.
Given the current landscape of the lightweight division, the Irishman doesn’t have too many options available to him.
One viable option, however, is a rematch with fan-favourite Poirier, whom he knocked at UFC 178 in September 2014.
Revenge has been on Poirier’s mind for some time now, but it’s now seemingly at the forefront of his thoughts as he’s sat above the Dubliner in the lightweight rankings.
“Of course I’d rather have that,” Poirier told MMA Fighting when asked about potentially rematching McGregor. “Like I said, I want the biggest and the highest-ranked guys that I can get.
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A lot of factors play into all this decision making. But I’m definitely open to the fight.
Dustin Poirier on a potential rematch with Conor McGregor
“Yeah, I’m not circling back around to these guys or begging for fights.
“I’ll fight Dan Hooker no problem, but my job is to get the biggest fights, the most money, get the highest-ranked opponents that I can get.
“So whenever I see people and opportunities that make sense, like me and Conor, of course, I would push for that.”
Although Poirier is eager to exact revenge on McGregor, he’s not hopeful of the fight coming to fruition.
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“It just depends on what the UFC has in mind and Conor’s timeframe when he wants to fight,” Poirier said. “A lot of factors play into all this decision making.
“But I’m definitely open to the fight.”
So eager is ‘The Diamond’ to rematch McGregor he’s willing to fight the former two-division champion in multiple weight classes and in different disciplines.
“I’d love it at welterweight,” Poirier said. “I’d love it in a boxing ring. I’d love it in MMA.
“I’ll take it at 185 [pounds], I don’t care. I just want the biggest fights that I can get, and that’s definitely one of them.”
McGregor, 31, picked up his first victory in over three years in January with a 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone.
The former featherweight and lightweight champion is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more outings this year.
A summer showdown with Justin Gaethje was in the works but is now in major doubt as the former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion is now on course to face Tony Ferguson in May.
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