UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier recently had some words for UFC president Dana White about the UFC’s plan for his fight with Conor McGregor.
“I’m trying not to play into that stuff anymore. It doesn’t matter,” Poirier said. “What happens in the fight is what matters. I can’t put emotion into those things or think about what other people say. All that stuff is just noise.”
Poirier evidently doesn’t care what the UFC president has to say about his upcoming fight against McGregor, the former UFC champ. He’s just trying to contain his excitement about what will be the biggest fight of his career to date. And, based on recent statements he made, he’s more than. confident that he’s going to win.
“This is one of the biggest fights you can have in combat sports,” Poirier said. “A guy like Conor is one of the biggest names possible that you can be standing across from.”
In addition, Poirier says that he expects to win his fight against the “Notorious” McGregor by finish. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is confident he has more paths to victory than his high-profile opponent, whether it be by knockout, submission, or decision.
“I’m going to be victorious,” Poirier added.
It appears that Poirier isn’t letting the noise get to him. The 31-year-old combat fighter is focused on his own plan to spoil all the fun by pulling the upset win over McGregor at UFC 257 on January 23 in Abu Dhabi. Take a look at the preview for the upcoming fight below:
Khabib Nurmagomedov Remains Retired as Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor Looms
Dana White has been working overtime to try and get Khabib Nurmagomedov to continue his mixed martial arts career despite his recent retirement.
A week prior to Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon for a rematch with Dustin Poirier, the UFC president met with the undefeated champion from Dagestan in hopes that he could convince him to continue fighting. Unfortunately, it appears that White came up short.
White made an appearance on the “UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar” broadcast to reveal some details surrounding his conversation with Nurmagomedov. It appears the champ is just fine with walking away from the sport after the tragic death of his father. However, White seems to think there’s a slim chance that Nurmagomedov could fight once more.
“Basically, the way that he feels right now is that he’s accomplished everything he needed to accomplish,” White said. “He said: ‘I’m gonna watch this fight if these guys do something spectacular and make me want to come back.’ I have a feeling if somebody delivers, he’ll be back.”
Without question, the biggest fight the UFC can put together would be a rematch of Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor. The first fight between the two made a record-setting $17.2 million in revenue. It also set a record for the highest-ever mixed martial arts attendance and live gate in Nevada. Further, it set the record for the biggest MMA pay-per-view event ever, with 2.4 million buys in the United States.