Dan Hooker Explains Why Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier Are Not Campaigning For A Title Fight

Published 01/06/2021, 11:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks to the media at the post fight press conference after his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier may serve as the de-facto title eliminator for the Lightweight Championship. While incumbent champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is yet to relinquish the strap, everyone has been waiting for an update on the title picture. McGregor vs Poirier for the title makes sense, but the UFC hasn’t added the belt to their bout.

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Dan Hooker, who will be fighting Michael Chandler on the undercard, has explained why the fighters aren’t pushing for it. He told SCMP MMA that it all boils down to money.

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“Because them boys getting paid. Them boys cutting a cheque. Dustin Poirier is cutting a check, Conor McGregor’s cutting a cheque.”

Hooker then elaborated on the reality of getting paid in the fight world. “There are two ways you make any real money in this sport. Have that gold strap wrapped around your waist and get the PPV dollars or fight Conor McGregor? Those are the two ways you change your life in the game.”

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier: Should it be for the belt?

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Many reports have surfaced that suggest that the UFC is planning on making this a title bout. However, there is no clear reason as to what is holding that announcement up. A basic conclusion could be drawn by assuming that they will make this decision after the fight between McGregor and Poirier is done.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

If Conor McGregor wins this fight, Dana White may be able to entice Khabib into defending his title one more time. A rematch with his biggest rival will sell even more than it did the first time around. However, defending the title against Poirier for a second time may not be as appealing to Khabib,

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If McGregor wins, we may see a genuine title defense by Khabib against him. However, there is no concrete information on what the UFC is planning to do. Hopefully, we get more answers on January 23.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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