Dustin Poirier Claims He's Fighting Conor McGregor Next After Dan Hooker Call-Out
Dustin Poirier rejected Dan Hooker's call-out and then claimed he was fighting Conor McGregor next, referring to 'the Irishman' on Twitter.
At UFC 243 Hooker was a dominant winner, easily beating Al Iaquinta in a unanimous decision victory, and he took to the mic to call out Poirier saying, "Dustin Poirier, I'm going to smash your face in. Meet me in New Zealand 2020, and I'm going to end you!"
But it didn't take long for the former interim lightweight champion to respond and end Hooker's wishes, as Poirier took to Twitter to say he was 'fighting the Irishman' next.
I'm fighting the Irishman next. You're close but not yet buddy keep punching @danthehangman- The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 6, 2019
The pair have fought before, with 'The Notorious' stopping 'The Diamond' in the first round, back in September 2014 at UFC 178 at featherweight.
Both men's most recent fights have been a loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and it would be the perfect way for either man to kick off another charge towards another title shot at the Russian.
It's not the first time recently there has been chat between the two lightweights either. After losing to Khabib, Poirier said, "I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point."
The Irishman shortly replied saying, "I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro. You should have spoken my name with a bit more respect in that build up.
"'McGregor's not next' Motherf*****, it's McGregor always! McGregor is the goal! Always! Say that now and I'll think about it."
Poirier also took to Twitter this week to reply to McGregor after the former two weight UFC champion had mocked Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz for only fighting for the 'interim' BMF title.
Awesome bro. Now count my bank digits.- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 2, 2019
It seems like the perfect fight to make but right now it's not known when McGregor will be back in the octagon. The 31-year-old hasn't fought since his lost to Khabib last October and whilst there's been lots of trash talk, as always, there's been no confirmation of a return.
As for Hooker, he may be disappointed he can't fight 'The Diamond' but Poirier did have a suggestion for him, tweeting, "Dan can fight Cowboy... I'm chilling out until something really excites me. Working on my craft."
Clearly McGregor excites him, will it happen?