Audie Attar: Conor McGregor Deserves Title Shot With Dustin Poirier Win
Audie Attar believes Conor McGregor has already proved that he’s one of the greatest of all time, and that he will deserve to fight for the title with a win over Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight, scheduled to headline UFC 264 on July 10th.
Having lost their first encounter in a featherweight bout by way of a first round TKO at UFC 178, Poirier bounced back to make it 1-1 at UFC 257, after he finished the Irishman in the second round of their lightweight contest.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Attar said that it would only make sense for the winner of the McGregor vs Poirier trilogy to fight for the the winner of Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler for the title.
“I think that only makes sense,” Attar said. “I think this truly becomes a number one contender fight. I think Chandler versus Oliveira happens and the winner of that faces the winner of McGregor versus Poirier 3.”
McGregor made it no secret that he wanted to run it immediately back with Poirier. And according to Attar, the Irishman turned down many other offers to avenge his loss to ‘The Diamond’.
“At this stage in Conor’s career, he’s proven to people that he’s one of the greatest of all time,” Attar said. “He’s proven to himself what he’s wanted to accomplish up to this date. He’s such a competitor that he wants more. He can never fight in his life again and be so proud of himself and everything he’s accomplished inside the Octagon and outside the Octagon as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. It’s about trying to challenge himself as a real fighter would, and I think coming off a loss which is now square up at 1-1, it’s only right to turn it around and take him on a trilogy.
“We were offered a handful of other options and opportunities and opponents, but Conor was steadfast in saying no because he wanted to challenge himself and make sure he proves to the world that he is one of the greatest of all time – and he will get the better end of this trilogy on July 10th.”
Continuing To Evolve
The Paradigm Sports chief continued by saying that McGregor is motivated to keep evolving inside and outside the UFC Octagon.
“The one thing about Conor McGregor is it’s not all about wins and losses,” Attar said. “It’s about the journey. … He constantly wakes up motivated each and every day to continue to evolve, to continue to learn – not only from all the great things that have happened in his career athletically and from a business perspective, but also just wanting to also evolve and grow and not live in the past with anything we do, whether it’s his athletic career or business ventures.
“It’s a huge fight for the sport. I think that the fans, the fighters, all the different stakeholders are just so excited about this opportunity to square it up and see who is truly is going to be the better fighter – not only of the night, but of the trilogy.”
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