Conor McGregor on Dustin Poirier callout: 'Let's do it'

by Kirik Jenness |

ATT featherweight Dustin Poirier is on a three-fight win streak against top competition, and called out breakout star Conor McGregor.

"He is a solid fighter and a good athlete," said Poirier as transcribed by Duane Finley for B/R. "My next fight will be my 11th in the UFC, and it would be his fourth. That said, I'm a fighter and don't like to pick who I fight. If I had my choice, I'd be fighting for the belt. But I can't sit back and say I want to fight Aldo, Mendes or Cub, because I've already said all of this stuff, and the UFC is going to do what they want to do. For me as a fighter, I want to whip McGregor's ass for talking so much. I don't like that. I work hard and I take this very seriously. This is my life and it would be a pleasure for me  to beat a guy who believes in himself like that.

"Besides my wrestling and jiu-jitsu being better, I believe my boxing and kickboxing are better than his. He just talks a lot and gets a lot of publicity. And good for him, but I would love to whip him. Like I said, this is my life and any challenges like this excite me."

McGregor said he was game, and questioned why Poirier did not step up when his ATT teammate Cole Miller dropped out of the fight with an injury.

“That would be perfect for me,” said McGregor as transcribed by Matt Erickson for MMAJunkie. “His teammate Cole Miller, he pulled out. You’re trying to tell me that Dustin Poirier, Nik Lentz, both top 10 guys, no fights scheduled, didn’t know about Cole’s injury? They would’ve known before the UFC would’ve known. And yet nothing. They didn’t campaign for this. This is a main-event slot. It’s a big, big event. And yet there wasn’t a peep out of both of them.

“So I know he doesn’t want that fight. He can pretend that he wants the fight and send out tweets and this and that. Let’s do it. One by one, I’ll take every single one of them out.”

UFC president Dana White would not commit to saying anything beyond that McGregor's next fight will be at UFC 178 in Vegas, on pay-per-view television.


tags: UFN 46   UFC Fight Night 46   Conor McGregor (detail)  Dustin Poirier (detail)  


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Wonkamaster site profile image  

7/21/14 3:36 PM by Wonkamaster

Hate to say it but I think Dustin is too slow for Conor.

Herb Mazzagatti site profile image  

7/21/14 3:27 PM by Herb Mazzagatti

The lead up, the weigh ins, and the fight should not disappointMake it happen

torquemada site profile image  

7/21/14 3:24 PM by torquemada

I'm a fan, but Porier is a tough sob. I'm thrilled if it happens.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/21/14 9:54 AM by time traveling 12er

pulling for the diamond in this one

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

7/21/14 9:25 AM by Nexuscrawlers

This. Time to start testing him more imo.

VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT site profile image  

7/21/14 9:19 AM by VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT

I honestly think it's a toss up. Both guys have crisp striking and have power. Dustin might be a bit better on the ground though. It's not an easy fight to pick and I would love to see the odds on this fight.

eXtv site profile image  

7/21/14 8:05 AM by eXtv

Brandao was pretty close on that heel hook you know... Conor had to grab the cage to escape. Imagine what Poirier, a guy who is a vastly superior grappler to Conor or anyone Conor's fought, would do in that situation.I'll be surprised if the UFC lets this fight go ahead, Conor's hype could die very quickly if he gets tapped in the first round.

gatorlaw site profile image  

7/21/14 8:04 AM by gatorlaw

This card would be a definite buy for me if this fight is added.

IronWill site profile image  

7/20/14 7:43 PM by IronWill

Wow, did you really just say that? You have no idea what you are talking about do you?

jetsteragain site profile image  

7/20/14 7:41 PM by jetsteragain

this fight sells me Mcgregor if he beats porier he is a solid fighter, if he kicks his ass then he is a major stud, make it happen and let`s finally test this kid