Dustin Poirier will not be happy if GSP jumps lightweight contendership line: “It’s not happening”

Dustin Poirier

Last week, at a press conference in Australia, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre divulged that he’d be interested in battling the winner of UFC 229’s Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor lightweight title fight.

“I would be interested in that fight,” St-Pierre said. “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.

“From my perspective, it’s a very winning situation. For UFC, it’s a big risk for them. Like I said, I’m older. I know Khabib, I’ve met Khabib many times. Khabib is actually bigger than me. He’s a bigger guy.”

This news did not go over well with top lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, who has already deferred his well-deserved title shot so that McGregor can battle Nurmagomedov.

“Nah, it’s not happening,” Poirier said Monday on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting.)

“Look, after I beat Nate Diaz, I’m fighting for the belt,” he continued, assuring that his UFC 230 collision with Nate Diaz will be his last stop before a title fight. “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. 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.”

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/7/2018.