DUSTIN POIRIER has shut down a potential fourth fight with Conor McGregor – insisting his rivalry with the UFC’s poster boy is ‘in the past’.
The former interim lightweight champion scored dramatic back-to-back victories over the MMA superstar this year to take the lead in their seven-year-long series.
Dustin Poirier scored back-to-back victories over Conor McGregor this year[/caption]
The pair’s second showdown in July ended courtesy of a horrific leg break for The Notorious[/caption]
But The Diamond has seemingly moved on from his rivalry with the MMA superstar[/caption]
“I’m not even thinking about that. He says a lot of sh*t. Keep talking.”
Despite Poirier being 2-1 up the series, UFC president Dana White believes the pair should run things back.
During the UFC 264 post-fight press conference, the veteran promoter said: “It sucks, it’s brutal.
“It’s not the way you want to see fights end. Dustin Poirier will fight for the title.
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“And when Conor is healed and ready to go, you do the rematch I guess. I don’t know.”
When asked to explain his reasoning for re-booking the fight, White said: “The fight didn’t get finished.
“You can’t have a fight finish that way.
“So we’ll see how this whole things plays out. Who knows how long Conor is out [for]?
“Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready.”
Poirier, 32, will be back in action next month in the main event of UFC 269 in Las Vegas, where he’ll challenge Charles Oliveira for the lightweight strap.
And McGregor is eyeing the winner of the Sin City showdown for his summer comeback fight.
In response to an ESPN tweet debating who he should face next, the Dubliner tweeted: “Hi lads, here goes… clicks and the like.
“Your boss and whatnot. The Mac. Santy Claus.
“I’m facing whoever the f*** has that LW title next. Deal with it.
“Take off your goggles and mark the trilogy ‘unfinished’. Deal with that too. The rest mentioned, after this. Deal. With. It.”
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