Conor McGregor Wants Dustin Poirier Trilogy For The Title
After his brutal second round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, Conor McGregor has indicated that he wants an immediate rematch. And ideally wants the title to be on the line.
Poirier was TKO’d by McGregor in under two minutes at UFC 178 in 2014, but reversed the result this past weekend by unloading a barrage of punches on his opponent in the second round to earn a TKO win, tying the score at 1-1 in their head-to-head.
Both Poirier and McGregor have expressed their willingness to fight a third time to decide who the better fighter is.
Many believe Poirier’s next fight should be for the title, against either Charles Oliveira or Michael Chandler, if Khabib Nurmagomedov has no plans of returning. But John Kavanagh told ESPN (as transcribed by MMA Junkie) that McGregor wants an immediate rematch against ‘The Diamond’.
“He’s already harassing everybody to get the rematch, so we would love to rematch,” Kavanagh said. “I don’t think Dustin is against that. If we can get the rematch before summer, that would be amazing.
“If it’s not to be, then I guess I don’t really know. Maybe he drifts off into the boxing. So if the MMA community could help me out here, get behind me, and pester the UFC to give him another fight sooner rather than later – so I don’t lose him to boxing for six months – I would appreciate it.”
Title On The Line
McGregor’s UFC 257 loss was the first time he’s been TKO’d in his career. In the post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that the Irishman could go one of two ways now: hungrier or I’m done. Kavanagh believes it’s the former.
“That’s the big drive,” Kavanagh shared. “It’s 1-1, they’re right up there in the rankings, they’re very popular fighters.
“I think the two of them are a beautiful matchup. Stylistically, it’s beautiful to watch. I’d love to see lots and lots of rounds between the two of them. Dustin is obviously riding high with confidence now with more experience and more weight. He took some of those shots. I’m sure his confidence is super high at the moment. We have to fix that technique with the leg and a couple of other things, as well, but Dustin versus Conor 3 for the belt in maybe May, that would be amazing.”
After UFC 257, McGregor was handed a 180 day medical suspension due to a potential right tibia/fibula injury, which resulted from Poirier’s brutal calf kicks. However, he could be cleared to compete sooner if he’s cleared earlier by a doctor with a negative X-Ray. However, he will still have a mandatory 45 day suspension with 30 days no contact.
Do you believe Conor McGregor deserves an immediate rematch against Dustin Poirier with the UFC lightweight title on the line?