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.