Dustin Poirier Calls Out Conor McGregor After Defeat To Khabib Nurmagomedov
Just days after his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, a confident Dustin Poirier has called out Conor McGregor on social media.
The former interim UFC lightweight champion failed to address his future plans after Saturday's crushing loss to the Russian fighter, but the 30-year-old has recently made a clear statement via his official Twitter account.
Poirier believes a rematch with old foe McGregor "makes a lot of sense" at this stage of his career as he tries to bounce back.
Poirier and McGregor first fought in 2014, when both fighters were fighting in the featherweight division. 'The Notorious' picked up a devastating first round TKO at UFC 178 and the rest is history.
'The Diamond' then moved up to lightweight and embarked on his most impressive run yet (9-2), including wins over Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez and Max Holloway.
But now the Louisiana-born fighter is ready to try and gain revenge against McGregor.
"I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point." he wrote on Twitter.
Whether McGregor feels the same is another question entirely. Moments after Khabib's latest win in Abu Dhabi, the Irishman made his intentions clear on social media.
"Book my rematch for Moscow," the Irishman said, shortly after the Russian fighter successfully defended his UFC lightweight title.
Book my rematch for Moscow.
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
Nurmagomedov, however, isn't interested in fighting McGregor again, which could be good news for Poirier.
"This guy [McGregor] have to come back and make nine or ten-fight win streak. Then we gonna fight," he said in the lead up to his UFC 242 main-event bout.
"Maybe people who watch this interview, they think, 'Oh, he think about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it'. No. Fight. Come back and show who are you.
"We talk with Dana sometimes, he's a good guy, but don't talk with me about this crazy fight. I want to fight real guys - Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys. I don't want to fight with a guy who never wins."
McGregor, who hasn't fought since his submission defeat to Nurmagomedov last October, wants to run it back.
"In my return fight, I want my world title back. I want that redemption. The camp was incorrect. Knowing the commitment that I had in that camp. Knowing the performance that I put on," he said.
"You must understand my foot was a balloon when I walked into that fight. I've got all this footage backed up from that entire camp. I broke my foot three weeks out from that fight. My foot was a balloon.
"I dove in on one foot. My foot was a balloon. My toes came out of the socket and a guy had to come into the cage and break them back into place, the thing ballooned out and I hobbled in there and walked him down and did not give two shits. That was with a bad camp. That was with a half-committed camp."
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