UFC: Would Dustin Poirier bypass title shot for money fight with Nate Diaz?

Last weekend at UFC 264, Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) picked up his second win over Conor McGregor (22-6) after McGregor broke his leg. With the win, Poirier has secured the next shot at Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) for the UFC lightweight title.

Through everything that’s happened since Khabib’s retirement, Dustin Poirier – Charles Oliveira have seemed destined to fight. These two are clearly the two best lightweights in the UFC and finally it appears their paths will cross.

However, there is one thing that could throw a wrench into all of this. That one thing is UFC superstar Nate Diaz (20-13). Make no mistake about it, Diaz is one of the biggest stars in the entire promotion.

Stockton’s own hunts for the big fights and he always wants to fight the best. He’s had his radar on Dustin Poirier for a long time now and that hasn’t changed. This week, Diaz took to Twitter to call out Poirier. Poirier responded say, “I’ll touch you up at any weight.”

Could Poirier bypass his UFC title shot?

If there’s anyone you should want to be in the UFC right now it’s Dustin Poirier. After Khabib retired, nobody denied the fact that Poirier is the top lightweight in the promotion. He got his huge money fight with Conor McGregor, then he was put in charge of his own destiny.

The UFC offered him the McGregor trilogy or a shot at Charles Oliveira. Poirier picked the McGregor trilogy and he made the right choice as he won the fight and the PPV did 1.8 million buys which is the second highest of all time.

Poirier earned himself a massive payday and now he still gets his UFC title shot. However, could Poirier chase another massive payday? There is unfinished business between Poirier and Diaz as they were supposed to fight a couple of years ago.

However, Poirier had to have surgery and the fight was called off. The UFC never made the fight again, but both men have continued to call the other out. It’s a dream fight for fight fans and it’s definitely something the promotion would be interested in booking.

If I had to guess, I think Poirier takes the title shot this time. He got the biggest fight possible with the McGregor trilogy and now it’s time for him to chase gold. However, if the Diaz fight does happen instead, I certainly wouldn’t be shocked.

UFC: Conor McGregor released from the hospital and expected to make his return next year

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The main event at UFC 264 didn’t end the way that anyone thought it would. In the headliner, Conor McGregor (22-6) and Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) were looking to settle the score and conclude their trilogy with each man having won one fight.

McGregor started out quick on Saturday working his kicks and was very aggressive. However, Poirier also found success on the feet at UFC 264 and it was one of his blitzes that forced McGregor to clinch in the first round to try and get space.

Poirier went for a takedown and McGregor tried to lock in a guillotine. Poirier spent the second half of the round raining down shots from the guard. Late in the round, the fight went back to the feet with just seconds left. McGregor went right back to trying to work his kicks.

Both men missed with big left straight hands and when McGregor stepped back, his leg snapped. The fight ended in between rounds and Poirier was awarded the win at UFC 264 although there still feels like some cloudiness with this rivalry considering the way this fight ended.

McGregor’s UFC Return

After UFC 264, McGregor was immediately taken to the hospital and the following day, he had surgery to repair his broken leg. McGregor posted an update on his Twitter where he talked about the fact that he will rebuild better than ever.

Dana White spoke with TMZ yesterday and talked about McGregor’s timeline. White said that McGregor was released from the hospital yesterday. He’s actually planning on staying in Los Angeles for a while before flying home.

On his timeline for his UFC return, White said that McGregor would return in about a year. I think that’s a pretty fair assessment given the injury although I wouldn’t rule out him potentially returning sooner.

We will not see McGregor in the UFC for the rest of 2021, however, I wouldn’t rule out a spring return. A lot will come down to how rehab goes and McGregor’s desire to get back in the cage. Whenever ‘The Mac’ does return, the world will be watching.

UFC: Colby Covington would welcome a fight with Dustin Poirier

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This past Saturday at UFC 264, Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) picked up his second win over Conor McGregor (22-6). The fight ended after McGregor snapped his lower tibia at the end of the first round and couldn’t continue.

Regardless of what happened, it still goes in the book as a win for Poirier. Poirier’s former training partner and top welterweight contender Colby Covington (16-2) had some things to say about the fight and The Diamond as well.

Covington is currently waiting for the date for his rematch with Kamaru Usman (18-1) for the UFC welterweight title. That said, he already has his eyes on his personal rivalry with Poirier and he had some things to say.

In speaking with James Lynch, Covington called Poirier’s win at UFC 264 a fluke. In addition to that, Covington made it clear that he would love Poirier to come up to 170 pounds to fight him. He also made it clear that he doesn’t believe the fight would be competitive.

Would the UFC book this fight?

Covington told Lynch, “His (Poirier) best money opportunity if he wants to do good business is to come up to 170 and see daddy. This is a personal rivalry James… There is deep deep personal issues with this drama and I hope they get settled in the octagon some day. If they don’t then fans know who daddy is. They’ll know I’m really Parker’s daddy and I’m Jolie’s husband.”

When asked how the potential UFC matchup would go, Covington said, “I just see myself giving him a wedgie in the middle of the octagon and just slapping him all around the octagon. Throwing him from one side of the cage to the other until he quits.”

In reality, this is a matchup that could easily happen. Poirier has long talked about being interested in fighting at welterweight. Of course, Poirier is fighting for the UFC lightweight title next and Covington is fighting for the welterweight title next.

Perhaps if all works out, there could be a champion vs champion fight that could materialize between the two men. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Colby Covington fight Dustin Poirier eventually.

UFC: Dustin Poirier – Charles Oliveira was meant to be

This past Saturday at UFC 264, we saw the conclusion of the trilogy between Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-6). The fight ended in dramatic fashion when McGregor broke his leg at the end of the first round.

With McGregor not being able to continue, the fight was called and Poirier was declared the winner. While it’s not a clean result and definitely not the kind of win Dustin Poirier probably wants to celebrate, it still counts.

Now, the UFC is able to move past the rivalry between the two men for now and put on the title fight that should have happened in the first place. UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) was sitting cageside for the main event.

Dana White said before the fight took place that the winner would fight Oliveira for the lightweight title. With Poirier’s hand getting raised, the promotion now gets to put on the title fight that the entire world wants to see.

UFC: Oliveira – Poirier

Make no mistake about it, the two best active lightweights in the UFC are Poirier and Oliveira. Going back to January’s knockout, Poirier has been nearly perfect inside the octagon lately. The lone loss came against former undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Charles Oliveira has won nine fights in a row on his way to capturing the UFC lightweight title. In those nine victories, only one of them went the distance and that is only because Tony Ferguson didn’t tap from one of the nastiest armbars I’ve ever seen.

If Ferguson was a normal man, Oliveira would be on a nine-fight finish streak. Nevertheless, the winning streak is just as impressive given the fact that he beat Tony Ferguson from pillar to post for three rounds.

Poirier and Oliveira have been on similar paths inside the UFC. Both men have lost and both men have found great success in a weight class above where they started. Both men were top prospects at featherweight before becoming stars at 155 pounds.

Now, the two men will square off to determine who is the king of the UFC lightweights. Poirier was ranked ahead of Oliveira before Oliveira became the champion. The Diamond will likely be the betting favorite heading into their fight. However, Oliveira has proven over the last few years that he just might be the best in the business at 155.

Sound Off: Who will win between Poirier and Oliveira?

What’s next for Conor McGregor after UFC 264?

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This past Saturday at UFC 264 we saw the third fight between Conor McGregor (22-6) and Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC). The first round was a back-and-forth round that took place on the mat and on the feet.

The first half of the UFC 264 main event took place on the feet. In the standup, McGregor was getting the better of Dustin Poirier. However, after McGregor went for a guillotine choke, Poirier ended up on top of him in the first.

From there, Poirier did a fantastic job of landing big shots from the top position. At the end of the first, both men got back to their feet and went back to striking. Both swung big shots and missed. When McGregor stepped back, the lower half of his tibia snapped.

McGregor crumbled to the floor and defended as Poirier rained down more shots. Fortunately for McGregor, Herb Dean let the fight go. In between rounds, the fight was stopped due to the injury and UFC 264 leaves us with no clarity in the trilogy.

Some in the MMA Media or the talking heads have painted this narrative that Poirier and McGregor aren’t close to being on the same level. I couldn’t disagree more and after watching the UFC 264 main event back several times, I don’t believe there’s a big gap between the two men at all.

What’s next after UFC 264?

Dana White said that he would be open to the fourth fight between Poirier and McGregor after UFC 264’s result. I think that might be what’s next for McGregor and even Poirier said that they will have to fight again. 

That said, we don’t have a great idea on how long it will be before McGregor’s ready. The Irishman posted on Twitter last night that he would be on crutches for six weeks before starting the process of building himself back up.

My guess is that we won’t see McGregor booked for his next UFC matchup until the late spring or early next Summer. With that timeline, it could line up perfectly with Poirier should Poirier defeat Charles Oliveira near the end of the year.

I could also see the UFC giving McGregor a fight with Nate Diaz (20-13) upon his return. McGregor and Diaz have their own trilogy to complete and it would be a great fight to get McGregor back in the swing of things.

That would also allow the promotion to book Justin Gaethje – Michael Chandler as a title eliminator. If McGregor fought Diaz and won in mid-2022, perhaps he could get a shot at the UFC lightweight title and that fourth fight with Poirier late in the year.

After UFC 264, Dustin Poirier confirms he will fight Conor McGregor again in the future

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What a night it was last night. In the headliner of UFC 264, we saw the third installment of the rivalry between Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-6). While the fight was meant to provide closure, the result gave us anything but.

The fight started out with a fast pace and McGregor was throwing a ton of kicks. Much like the second fight, McGregor controlled the striking early on at UFC 264. In the middle of the round, Poirier blitzed and the two men came together in a clinch.

Poirier went for a takedown and McGregor tried to lock in a guillotine. However, Poirier was able to defend and get top position. Once on top, Poirier rained down bombs on McGregor. McGregor landed some good shots here and there from the bottom, but overall, it was all Poirier.

Late in the round, Poirier let McGregor up. The two men missed with big shots and as McGregor stepped back, his ankle gave out. McGregor suffered a break to his lower tibia and the main event of UFC 264 ended with a doctor stoppage.

Poirier confident him and McGregor fight again after UFC 264

It was clear that the two men still had bad blood after UFC 264. Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that the two men will fight again whenever McGregor heals. However, Poirier will be fighting for the UFC title next.

When it was Poirier’s turn to talk at the press conference, he echoed Dana White. Poirier said, “We are going to fight again whether it’s in the octagon or on the sidewalk.” McGregor also said in the cage that he would fight Poirier in the octagon or on the street after UFC 264.

Between all the words and the lack of a true finish, it does appear that we are destined to see the fourth fight. That said, we won’t be seeing it anytime soon. McGregor is going to have surgery tomorrow and will be out for a considerable amount of time.

Dustin Poirier will now turn his attention towards Charles Oliveira and the UFC lightweight title. If Poirier wins the title and McGregor recovers quickly, don’t be shocked if next summer’s big UFC PPV is headlined by the fourth fight between McGregor and Poirier.

Dana White says Poirier – McGregor 4 will happen after UFC 264 result

UFC 264 didn’t end the way that anyone thought it would. The main event was headlined by the third installment of Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-6). Unlike the second fight which saw both men respect the other, the third fight was personal.

McGregor got off to a hot start again at UFC 264. Utilizing a steady diet of leg kicks, McGregor was controlling the striking early on in the fight. Poirier started slow again, but started to get comfortable after McGregor’s hot start.

Both men traded big shots before they clinched. McGregor synched in a guillotine choke that appeared tight for a moment, but Poirier fought through it. The Diamond then got the top position and spent most of the second half of the round reigning down shots on McGregor.

Near the end of the first, McGregor got back to his feet. Both threw big shots that missed and when McGregor stepped back, his ankle snapped. The round ended and UFC 264‘s main event ended with a doctor stoppage due to McGregor’s ankle injury.

The UFC’s Plans

It was clear that there was still no love lost between Poirier and McGregor after UFC 264. Poirier was mocking McGregor while McGregor used his post-fight interview to callout Poirier’s wife Jolie.

Dana White took the podium at the post-fight press conference and made it clear that these two will fight again. White said, “Dustin Poirier will fight for the title and when Conor is healed and ready to go, you do the rematch.”

White continued, “The fight didn’t get finished. You can’t have a fight finished that way so we will see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor will be out. Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready.”

Obviously, Poirier will be fighting UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) next. Given how this fight ended, I would guess that the UFC aims to make that fight happen at the end of the year.

If Poirier wins that fight, the UFC will then move towards the fourth McGregor fight which would be massive especially if the lightweight title is on the line. Time will tell and a lot will depend on how McGregor heals.

Dustin Poirier wins at UFC 264 after Conor McGregor’s ankle snaps

In the main event of UFC 264, we saw the conclusion of the trilogy between Conor McGregor (22-5) and Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). The two men were looking to settle once and for all who is the better fighter.

The two first met at UFC 178 with McGregor scoring the TKO victory in the first round. That fight took place at featherweight during McGregor’s run to the top of the combat sports world. The win over Poirier proved just how talented Conor McGregor was.

Of course, McGregor went on to become a two-division UFC champion and the biggest star the sport has ever seen. With all the money and the fame, many have questioned the dedication of McGregor.

Back in January at UFC 257, Dustin Poirier evened the score with Conor McGregor. After getting touched up by some good shots in the first round, Poirier swarmed McGregor in the second with a barrage against the fence.

Dustin Poirier has been the best lightweight in the UFC over the past few years not named Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier has beaten all the top guys and was looking to earn a shot against Charles Oliveira tonight with a win over McGregor.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 main event started with immediate pressure from McGregor. McGregor with spinning body kicks early. Big leg kick from Conor McGregor. Poirier circling on the outside and another leg kick lands for McGregor.

Another leg kick for McGregor lands. Poirier counters with his own and throws a big combination. McGregor plots forward as both settle in. Another big leg kick from McGregor. 1-2 from McGregor and Poirier blitzes with a huge combination.

McGregor forces the clinch and Poirier pushes him against the fence. A deep guillotine is in for McGregor, but Poirier fights through it and ends up on top. Poirier pops his head out and starts throwing bombs from the top.

Huge elbow lands for Dustin Poirier. Poirier moving right through the defense of McGregor here against the fence. However, McGregor lands massive elbows from the bottom. Poirier starts throwing bombs from the top and hurts McGregor.

McGregor is getting beaten up here on the ground. Poirier postures up and stands. McGregor lands a massive upkick and Poirier settles into the guard. Huge elbows from Poirier. They stand up and McGregor breaks his ankle. The fight ends with a McGregor injury.

Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor by TKO (Ankle Injury) – Round 1

UFC 264 Preview: Dustin Poirier – Conor McGregor 3

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Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 264, we will see the conclusion of the trilogy between Conor McGregor (22-5) and Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). The two men will look to settle once and for all who is the better fighter.

The two first met at UFC 178 with McGregor scoring the TKO victory in the first round. That fight took place at featherweight during McGregor’s run to the top of the combat sports world. The win over Poirier proved just how talented Conor McGregor was.

Of course, McGregor went on to become a two-division UFC champion and the biggest star the sport has ever seen. With all the money and the fame, many have questioned the dedication of McGregor. Tomorrow night, he will look to show the world that he’s still at the top of the game.

Back in January at UFC 257, Dustin Poirier evened the score with Conor McGregor. After getting touched up by some good shots in the first round, Poirier swarmed McGregor in the second with a barrage against the fence.

Dustin Poirier has been the best lightweight in the UFC over the past few years not named Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier has beaten all the top guys and he will look to earn himself another undisputed title shot tomorrow night with his second victory over McGregor.

UFC 264 Prediction

When these two fought back in January, I was convinced that Conor McGregor was going to win. It’s not that I didn’t believe in Poirier, I just thought that McGregor was the better striker and I figured he would land the big shot early.

McGregor did land those shots at UFC 257, but he couldn’t put Poirier away. When Poirier didn’t go away, the fight completely turned. If we’ve learned anything about Dustin Poirier over the last few years it’s that he’s a dog.

If the fight gets tough, that’s when Poirier turns it on. To me, it’s relatively easy to see winning scenarios for both men at UFC 264. If the fight ends in the first round with a clean knockout, Conor McGregor is going to get his hand raised.

However, if this fight stretches to the late second and into the middle rounds, it’s hard to bet against The Diamond. Skill for skill, I actually like Conor McGregor. However, when it comes to pure grit and toughness, you cannot beat Dustin Poirier.

I see McGregor having some really solid success early on. However, much like the second fight, I think Poirier weathers the storm. I think the fight stretches into the third round where Poirier will force a hurt McGregor to shoot for a takedown. When he does, I think Poirier gets a deep choke and earns himself another shot at the UFC lightweight title.

Prediction: Dustin Poirier by Submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 3

Conor McGregor’s UFC 264 Prediction: ‘Dustin’s going out on a stretcher’

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We are just a few days away from UFC 264 and the conclusion of one of the biggest trilogies in the history of the sport. Former two-division world champion Conor McGregor (22-5) and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) will battle for the third time.

The series is one a piece with both men earning TKO victories. The last time these two fought was back in January at UFC 257. Conor McGregor started out well using his boxing and won the first round on all three scorecards.

However, Dustin Poirier weathered the storm and came back to score a massive TKO win in the second round. It was the first time in McGregor’s career that he had been stopped by strikes. UFC 257 proved that Dustin Poirier was much different from their first meeting.

Their first meeting took place at UFC 178 with McGregor picking up the first round TKO. That fight took place at featherweight and it was during McGregor’s meteoric rise to the top that saw him capture two world titles.

Today, McGregor sat down with Ariel Helwani to discuss his mindset leading up to UFC 264. McGregor appears more focused than ever and make no mistake about it, he plans on doing some serious damage to the diamond on Saturday night.

Mystic Mac’s UFC 264 Prediction

Despite losing at UFC 257, McGregor isn’t impressed with Dustin Poirier. McGregor said of Poirier, “He’s trembling. Even after the last win Ariel, ‘I don’t like this anymore, I don’t want to do this anymore,’ imagine after your biggest win you saying that. He knows he got electrocuted in both rounds… I had him out on his feet in both rounds.”

As mentioned, McGregor did have a lot of success in the second fight. To be honest, I was incredibly impressed with the durability of Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. The Dustin Poirier that fought McGregor in 2014 wouldn’t have been able to take the shots that he did back in January.

However, this is not the same Dustin Poirier. This Dustin Poirier just might be the best lightweight on the planet now that Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired. That said, McGregor is not impressed and he’s back with his Mystic Mac predictions for UFC 264.

“Dustin’s going out on a stretcher, that’s my prediction. Going out of this fight on a stretcher. I’m not jumping the gun (On whether the fight ends early). I’m ready for it all, but he’s going out on a stretcher.”

Conor McGregor’s UFC 264 Prediction