Dustin Poirier wants “exciting fights” and fights that “make sense,” and he’s currently targeting a fight with either Conor McGregor or Nate Diaz.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Poirier expressed his interest in the McGregor trilogy bout.
“It’s one and one,” Poirier said. “I knocked him out, he knocked me out, the rubber match, it does make sense.”
Later, when asked about the option of fighting Nate Diaz, Poirier replied, “Those are the kind of fights that I want to be a part of… That’s exciting. That’s a guy I grew up watching. A guy who is still a very big name. That’s an exciting fight and I think the fans would be in for a great fight if that one happened.
“Does it make sense in the lightweight division? No. Does it make sense where I’m at standing in the door front of a title shot? No. But it’s a fun fight and this is entertainment and this is fighting.”
In this video, Patrick Auger and Drake Riggs share their opinion on Poirier’s choice to target fights with McGregor or Diaz.
Riggs says that the McGregor bout makes a lot more sense because they’re now 1-1 and it’d make for a great trilogy. But, he says, Poirier did knock McGregor out and really deserves to fight for the title next.
Auger comments that the Nate Diaz fight actually makes more sense from a merit standpoint than a McGregor trilogy bout considering Diaz has fought tougher competition in recent years and has a win over Anthony Pettis in 2019. McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t won since 2016.
But Auger does agree that the Poirier vs. McGregor trilogy bout is the one to make next.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.