After losing to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 last weekend, Dustin Poirier briefly hinted at a potential retirement from MMA. Now that the dust has settled, however, it seems that Poirier not only plans to continue fighting, but that he wants to fight against the best and brightest competition available. He?s now calling for a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Dustin Poirier made his callout of Conor McGregor?on Twitter.
?I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point,? Poirier wrote.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor first fought back in 2014, in the UFC featherweight division. Conor McGregor won this fight via first-round TKO.
Since then, both fighters have accomplished great things. Dustin Poirier went on to become one of the lightweight division?s most dangerous contenders, while Conor McGregor ultimately captured gold in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions.
Conor McGregor, like Dustin Poirier, was last seen in action against the reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Like Dustin Poirier, he also fell to the Russian via rear-naked choke ? though he survived until the fourth round, while Dustin Poirier was tapped in the third.
At this point, a rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier makes abundant sense from a rankings perspective. That being said, Conor McGregor is still?keen on a rematch?with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and from the sounds of it,?could get the opportunity?if Tony Ferguson is not available to fight the Russian champion next.
?If Tony Ferguson doesn?t take the fight against Khabib for whatever reason, the Conor McGregor rematch would make a lot of sense,? UFC President Dana White said at the UFC 242 post-fight press conference.
If Conor McGregor isn?t next for Khabib Nurmagomedov, however, Dustin Poirier could easily get his wish.
Does a Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor rematch interest you?