Dustin Poirier Calls Out Nate Diaz After Beating Conor McGregor at UFC 257

by Chris Haney

It didn’t take UFC fighter Dustin Poirier long to call out his next opponent after his incredible knockout of Conor McGregor at UFC 257.

Following No. 2 ranked lightweight Poirier’s victory over No. 4 ranked McGregor, the fighter named two possibilities for his next fight. He acknowledged having interest in a possible trilogy fight against McGregor. After “The Diamond” defeated McGregor last night, the pair are now 1-1 against each other. A third fight would set up nicely as the rivalry’s tiebreaker.

In addition, Poirier called out another fighter he said he’d be interested in. He name-dropped Nate Diaz as another potential fight due to their own history, even though they’ve never fought. In 2018, the two were booked to fight before Poirier was forced to pull out because of an injury. Additionally, the two fighters have sparred verbally on social media over the years.

“I mean, a rematch with Conor interests me,” Poirier said during the UFC 257 post-fight press conference, “[I’ve] always wanted to whip Nate Diaz’s a–, that interests me.”

“I’m sure something will make sense. But just right now, I don’t know. Me and Conor are 1-1, Nate Diaz got away and likes to talk a lot of s— online. But I just got to go back home and we’ll see,” he explained.

Dustin Poirier Defeats Conor McGregor at UFC 257

Dustin Poirier may not know who he’ll fight next. However, he’s guaranteed himself another massive fight in the near future after knocking out McGregor.

The fighter did mention that he isn’t interested in facing Michael Chandler next. Chandler fought Dan Hooker in UFC 257’s co-main event, and came out victorious. But Poirier suggested that Chandler books No. 3 Charles Oliveira as his next fight instead.

Since UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is technically retired, the UFC will eventually strip him of the title. That’s if he doesn’t return to the sport like many are suggesting he will at some point. If Nurmagomedov stays retired and loses his belt, Poirier is in prime position for a title fight. His win over McGregor all but guarantees his place in the hypothetical bout.

Poirier proved himself on Saturday night with many considering him to be an underdog against the Irishman. After a close first round, Poirier seemed to feel his way into the fight. He lost the first round 10-9 on the score card, with McGregor looking like the aggressor early on.

Yet, Poirier kept chipping away at McGregor’s right leg with brutal calf kicks. In the second round, Poirier caught McGregor off guard with a flurry of punches before dropping him and earning a TKO win. Regardless of who his team chooses for his next fight, Poirier is clearly in the driver’s seat for a title fight sooner rather than later.