Dana White confirmed Conor McGregor will get another shot at Dustin Poirer, much to the disgust of rival Nat Diaz.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed Conor McGregor will get another shot at Dustin Poirer, much to the disgust of rival Nat Diaz.
Speculation has been mounting about a trilogy fight after McGregor was badly beaten by Poirier at UFC 257, although several other fighters had been mentioned as possible opponents for the Louisiana fighter, including Michael Chandler and Diaz.
But Poirer has a big money fight in mind and the McGregor match up is certainly the most lucrative on offer, even though it’s unclear at this stage whether it will be a title fight.
Speaking to ESPN, White said both men were keen on returning for a third fight mid-year, with the head-to-head record square at 1-1.
“When you have two guys that are in their positions — Dustin is the No.1 ranked guy in the world, you got Conor who is ranked No.6, and they want the trilogy, you got to go with the trilogy,” White told Get Up. “We’re probably going to try to put that fight together this summer.”
The UFC boss said McGregor is “obsessed” about a return fight after the KO loss and will be better prepared this time around. Despite the Irishman being in shape for UFC 257, McGregor underestimated Poirier tactically, according to White.
“If you look at Conor, if you look at the way he fought, the leg kicks that he was eating, the stance he was in, he was completely overlooking Dustin Poirier,” White said.
“I’m not taking anything away from Poirier, but when you pull in on a super yacht (in Abu Dhabi) and you’re living the life that Conor lives, you need to be hungry and you need to take every guy serious. It doesn’t matter how you beat Dustin Poirier the first time, that’s not the same guy you are going to be facing and obviously Dustin Poirier is training like it’s the most important fight of his life.
“There were a lot of things lined up there for the upset. I guess the good part is the trilogy McGregor is hungrier that he’s ever been, he wants this fight back, he wants this fight badly so it will be a fun third fight.”
Diaz, who was supposed to fight Poirier in 2018, wasn’t happy about the news and posted to Instagram to express his displeasure.
Poirier had discussed a fight with Diaz following his win over McGregor with the pair trading shots online.
Poirier said Diaz was one of the few fights left that interested him but it’s clear a fight with the Irishman would generate more interest and money.
Diaz hasn’t set foot in the octagon since a TKO defeat to Jorge Masvidal for the “BMF” belt in 2019. In addition to calling out Poirier, he’s also challenged Tony Ferguson while declaring his flexibility on switching from 170 to 155 pounds for his next fight.