Recently Georges St-Pierre relayed that he’d be interested in fighting the winner of the upcoming, all-star bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. So, what does Dustin Poirier think of that idea? Not surprisingly, he’s not on board.
For months there’s been talk about what will be next for St-Pierre, after he vacated the UFC’s middleweight title. on account of having ulcerative colitis. Since GSP has said he does not intend to compete at 185 again, and because he’s also talked about the possibility of dropping to 155 in the past, there’s been buzz about him fighting McGregor.
Well, the latter is set to fight the lightweight champ, Nurmagomedov, on October 6th at UFC 229. Recently St-Pierre said that he is indeed, interested in facing the winner, since it would provide him with the opportunity to become a three division champ. Obviously it would also provide a massive payday.
Poirier, meanwhile, is booked to fight Nate Diaz on November 3rd at UFC 230. More recently, the lightweight contender was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and here’s what Poirier had to say about GSP’s comments (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Nah, it’s not happening,” Poirier said.
“Look, after I beat Nate Diaz, I’m fighting for the belt. Or I’m fighting GSP, but he’s not going to get [a title shot] before I do.”
“When I beat Nate Diaz and it’s my turn to fight for that belt, when I win that belt, when history looks back at all of this, nobody can ever say I didn’t earn anything. I never took the easy route. I’ve always fought the best guys. I’ve never pulled out of a fight. I’ve never missed weight. I’ve put it all on the line every time, win, lose, or draw, and that’s what I want to be left behind in my legacy…”
There you go, and none of these comments should come as a surprise. Poirier was calling for a title shot even before he was booked to face Diaz, which followed his stoppage win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30.
It should be noted, however, that GSP also said he doesn’t think the UFC will tap him to face the winner of Nurmagomedov – McGregor. The reason being that St-Pierre dropped the 185 belt without ever defending it. But, if the new ownership group does want that bout to happen, Poirier could get past over. GSP vs. Khabib or Conor would be absolutely huge, and the promotion may decide it’s just too much money to pass up.