MMA fans have already assumed that the winner of Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier could be the rightful challenger to the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor title fight. But yesterday, Georges St-Pierre expressed his interest in going up against the eventual lightweight champion.
Meanwhile, Poirier made it clear that he is not a fan of GSP’s idea of facing the winner of the Nurmagomedov vs McGregor showdown at the UFC 229 this October. The Diamond insisted that he deserves a title shot before the Canadian mixed martial artist.
A Win-win Situation
In an interview with Submission radio on Monday, the former welterweight and middleweight kingpin, St-Pierre, said he is interested in facing the victor of the highly anticipated Khabib-Conor bout. This is in line with his goal to become the first fighter to win belts in three different weight classes.
For the Rush, the fight could be a win-win situation for him – a good upgrade both in legacy and in money.
“I would be interested in that fight. That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money — it’s gonna be a big fight. Yeah. However, I fought at 170, I relinquished a title. I fought at 185, I relinquished a title. I don’t think UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid I relinquish, and I left the division in ruins.”
The veteran fighter has been on a hiatus since clobbering Michael Bisping at UFC 217, which gave him the middleweight golden belt. After rewriting history on that victory over Bisping, he vacated the strap anew and stressed that he would return to the cage for a legacy-defining fight.
After overpowering Eddie Alvarez at UFC on Fox 30, many fans believed that Poirier deserves to have a shot for the lightweight title. Since returning to this weight class, the 29-year old fighter has recorded eight wins including significant victories over Anthony Pettis, Yancy Medeiros, and Justin Gaethje.
This is why Poirier warned GSP that his idea of facing either Khabib or Nurmagomedov would not come to fruition as he believes that his time has finally come.
“Nah, it’s not happening. 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.”
The Diamond will face Nate Diaz at the UFC 230 this November. To this he said:
“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,” Poirier said. “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. A guy who just pushed through it all and kept at it and stayed true to the path and this is all part of my legacy.”
Watch The Diamond’s highlights in the video below: