Poirier Slams McGregor: I’ll Be The First Real Fight He Has
UFC Featherweight Dustin Poirier is less than pleased with the hype surrounding Conor McGregor. Poirier has been campaigning for a shot at McGregor via Twitter, a fight McGregor says Poirier ‘doesn’t really want’. Regardless, Poirier spoke on The MMA Hour about a potential matchup with McGregor.
“Right off the bat Iâ€™ve been fired up about this guy,” he told host Ariel Helwani. “Iâ€™ve been in this division since the WEC merged. Iâ€™ve paid my dues, and Iâ€™ve stayed quiet and busted my ass, day in, day out, won the fights I needed to win, and Iâ€™ve had some tough fights. I feel I need to be up there. I need to be up there where people are talking about me. [McGregorâ€™s] name and the featherweight title should never come out of anybodyâ€™s mouth. I canâ€™t believe the hype heâ€™s getting.”
“To tell you the honest truth, I think I should be fighting Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson againâ€¦I should be fighting the top guys,” he said. “But, Iâ€™ve asked for those fights and havenâ€™t got them. So what should I do?”
“[The Irish fans] definitely are passionate about their guys, and I donâ€™t know if Twitter has a limit of blocks you can do, but Iâ€™ve got to be close to it,” he said. “Because man, Iâ€™ve been getting so many hate messages and this and that, and thatâ€™s cool. Build him up. Itâ€™s going to be that much sweeter when I stand over him. This guy is not who you think he is. Iâ€™m the man in this division, and Iâ€™ve very confident in my skills and I feel more dangerous than ever.
“This guy said heâ€™s going to take everyoneâ€™s head off, well come get it Conor. Iâ€™m waiting. Iâ€™m ready. I want it to be a five-round fight. I want to show my heart in this fight. I want him to show his. And Iâ€™m going to be victorious, I know it.”
Poirier was then asked if he believed “Notorious” was a top ten fighter, to which Dustin responded:
“No, no,” he said. “Not even top ten. I will be the first real fight heâ€™s ever been in.”
“I feel like heâ€™s disrespecting the whole featherweight division, and nobodyâ€™s going to step up and put this guy down and shut him up?” he said. “The UFC is my house. I built where Iâ€™m at from the ground up, man, and nobodyâ€™s going to come in here walking around talking that trash.”