Now that his bid to become the undisputed UFC lightweight champion ended in a loss, Dustin Poirier is targeting a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Poirier took on Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 242 this past Saturday (Sept. 7). Going into the bout, Poirier was the interim 155-pound title holder. “The Diamond” couldn’t hand “The Eagle” his first career loss. Poirier was submitted in the third round via rear-naked choke.
Dustin Poirier Shifts Focus To Conor McGregor
Following the defeat, Poirier took to his Twitter account to express interest in a rematch with McGregor.
“I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point.”
Back in Sept. 2014, Poirier and McGregor shared the Octagon on the UFC 178 card. The “Notorious” one stopped Poirier via first-round TKO. McGregor went on to defeat Dennis Siver before stopping Chad Mendes to become the interim featherweight champion. Ultimately, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously with the 145-pound and 155-pound titles.
Poirier’s tweet is a good sign for fans of “The Diamond.” Just after his UFC 242 defeat, Poirier took to social media to question his fighting future (via BJPenn.com).
“I mean I knew he was going to press. I knew I was going to be up against the fence a lot.” Dustin Poirier explained. “I just feel like I let myself down. I didn’t cut any corners in preparing for this. I felt like my whole career set me up for this moment. But…. Maybe there were times in there that I could have done more. I was just so prepared, and now I have to wake up and look at myself in the mirror every morning with this result. If there is anything adversity has taught me in the past, its when times are good be grateful. And when times like this, be graceful. So I’m just going to go home, spend some time with my family. It’s been a long road. I am proud of everything I’ve accomplished in this sport. I have a lot of tread left in the tires. But right now I just need some time to think man.”
Do you like the idea of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II?