Dustin Poirier says he’s willing to fight Conor McGregor in MMA or boxing after calling out the Irish superstar on social media after his UFC 242 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Poirier was submitted in the third round of his lightweight unification bout against Khabib in Abu Dhabi last weekend, but is already planning ahead.
A few days after the fight, he tweeted that a rematch with McGregor makes sense for the next stage of his career.
McGregor hit back in no uncertain terms.
“I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro,” he wrote, referencing his first round TKO win over The Diamond in 2014.
“You should have spoke my name with a bit more respect in that build up. ‘McGregor’s not next’
“Motherf***er, it’s McGregor always!
“McGregor is the goal! Always!
“Say that now and I’ll think about it. #GoneIn90Seconds #NicCage #AJolie.”
In a follow-up tweet, Poirier said he’d be willing to run it back in the Octagon or in a boxing ring.
McGregor earned a fortune when he laced up a pair of boxing gloves and fought Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
The Notorious somehow managed to last until the 10th round of the 12 round fight before Mayweather earned a TKO victory.
McGregor has only had one sanctioned fight since then – a four round defeat to Nurmagomedov last October.
Outside of that, he had a run in with an elderly gentleman at a pub in Ireland, punching the bloke in the face after he allegedly refused a glass of McGregor’s Proper 12 Whiskey.
There was also his highly publicised run-in with a fan outside a nightclub in Miami earlier this year. McGregor slapped the man’s phone out of his hand and stamped on it in the early morning confrontation and was later arrested.
Immediately following Khabib’s win over Poirier, McGregor called for a rematch with the lightweight champion in Moscow.
He was shot down on social media, with 155-pound contender Justin Gaethje quick to jump in.
Poirier doesn’t have a notable background in boxing, but is one of the lightweight division’s elite strikers.
In April he earned a five-round decision over Max Holloway for the interim lightweight belt, a result that came on the back of wins over Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis.
Poirier said he’d be willing to fight McGregor in “Zuffa Boxing” which is a reference to UFC president Dana White’s plans to move into pugilism.
In an interview earlier this year, White said he aims to have Zuffa Boxing up and running by this October. He already has an executive running the boxing side of things and he plans to have “the best fighting the best.”
There haven’t been any further updates about White’s boxing plans in the last month or so, but a McGregor vs Poirier fight card would be a guaranteed money-spinner.