Conor McGregor is luring his next opponent into his backyard, Dublin for his return to the UFC octagon, but who is it? Is it Dustin Poirier or is it Justin Gaethje?
Well, it seems McGregor has given a hint for his next opponent. In his most recent tweets, McGregor posted a picture of him knocking out Dustin Poirier from their first encounter.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor fought in UFC 178 back in 2014 and McGregor won that fight easily via knock out in 1 minute 46 seconds of that fight. The build-up to that fight was similar to every other Conor McGregor fight.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 18, 2019
However, what about Justin Gaethje? Why would McGregor fight Poirier who just lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov? Justin Gaethje is the next contender to the title after Tony Ferguson thanks to his last three first-round knockouts. So does not it make sense for McGregor to fight the next title challenger to earn his rematch against the champion?
If you consider the business side of it, Conor McGregor will be fighting Dustin Poirier in a rematch. Now Poirier did lose the fight against Nurmagomedov, but his popularity has grown exponentially ever since.
It has been five years since Poirer fought McGregor and we can all agree that both the fighters have evolved since then. So we are not going to expect a similar fight or a finish of similar fashion from the rematch too. Dustin Poirier was undeniably on the peak of his career before the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. He had a huge fan following going into Abu Dhabi. Even after the loss, he is inspiring millions out there. Hence if McGregor is the heel in this scenario then Poirier is the good guy he needs as a dance partner.
Conor McGregor last fought Nurmagomedov back in October 2019. Since then he has called out many fighters but has not accepted a single fight. However, after Justin Gaethje’s victory over Cerrone, McGregor tweeted a date and a venue. “14th December, Dublin”. He did not even mention that it’s the date and the venue for his rematch, but it seemed safe to assume that it was indeed about his rematch. Now we have a picture of him knocking out Poirier. What does this all mean?
Does Conor McGregor want to fight? Or Does Conor McGregor want to keep creating a buzz in the MMA world?