Dustin Poirier says the rivalry between him and Conor McGregor is not over after how their UFC 264 fight was built up and ended.
The highly-anticipated trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264 ended in unfortunate and gruesome circumstances, as McGregor appeared to snap his ankle in the Octagon, needing medical assistance following the first round.
It’s unknown at what point in the first round McGregor’s leg was damaged, as he appeared to fall back in the closing seconds of the round despite not being hit. Some, including Poirier, believe it must have occurred on a checked leg kick.
But whichever way it’s looked at, the fight will still go down as a Poirier win in the record books.
“You never want to get a win that way, but what happened was the result of checking a kick. I’m more than sure of it,” Poirier said in his UFC 264 post-fight press conference. “He got what was coming to him; karma’s a mirror. And I busted my a** for so long to put myself in this position. I doubled down on myself after I beat him in January when they offered me a title shot. I doubled down on myself and it paid off.”
Dustin Poirier says he’ll fight Conor McGregor for a fourth time anywhere
The lead-up to this third fight between Poirier and McGregor was a lot different from the tamer pre-fight hype to their second bout. Events prior to this fight included McGregor claiming that Poirier’s wife, Jolie, was sliding into his DMs, as well as McGregor throwing a kick at Poirier in the staredown following their pre-fight press conference.
Jolie Poirier even flipped McGregor the bird as the former champ-champ was being stretchered out of the T-Mobile Arena.
As per a decree by UFC President Dana White earlier this week, with this victory, Poirier earns a shot at Charles Oliveira and the UFC lightweight championship. White, at his own post-fight media appearance, teased that a fourth Poirier-McGregor fight will come down the line due to the anti-climatic ending of this fight.
Poirier seemed to agree — even if the fight doesn’t take place in an MMA-sanctioned contest.
“We are going to fight again, whether it’s in the Octagon or on the sidewalk. You don’t say the stuff he said…he was saying he’s going to kill me. You don’t say stuff like that.”