Cris Cyborg Angered by Dustin Poirier’s Decision to Fight Conor McGregor Instead of UFC Championship

Published 03/27/2021, 10:58 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 01: UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg of Brazil interacts with the media during the UFC 222 Ultimate Media Day at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on March 1, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC confirmed recently that Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired, and hence Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will fight for the vacant title at UFC 262. Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier looks set to complete his trilogy against Conor McGregor in the summer.

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The decision raised many eye-brows as many expected ‘The Diamond’ to fight for the belt. However, UFC President Dana White confirmed Poirier has opted to fight McGregor instead. Former UFC women’s featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, was not happy with Poirier’s decision.

“A fight with Conor just became more prestigious than the promotional belt,” wrote Cyborg in a recent post involving the news about Poirier.

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A fight against McGregor guarantees the biggest pay-day in any fighter’s career at this point in his career. So one can understand Poirier’s choice. Also, the rematch between the duo makes sense as the score between them is tied at 1-1. McGregor beat the Louisiana native in 2014, and ‘The Diamond’ leveled the score at UFC 257.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Each fighter holds a knockout win over the other as Poirier became the first man to T/KO McGregor in MMA at UFC 257. Also, Poirier has fought for the undisputed title before against ‘The Eagle‘ at UFC 242. He was also an interim lightweight champion after defeating Max Holloway at UFC 236.

Is Cris Cyborg right in her assessment about the Conor McGregor fight?

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Many fighters will opt to get ‘The Red Panty’ night as much as they can in their career instead of a championship fight as it is as financially enticing as one can imagine. Also, there is a certain amount of legacy involved with beating ‘The Notorious‘. Many fighters have built their careers on the same.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 04: Conor McGregor poses for cameras following a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 04, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 06 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

So, those combined facts might have played a role in Poirier’s decision. And the world title will be there. ‘The Diamond‘ is just 32-years-old and has just entered his prime as a fighter. So, one might expect he will fight for the title again, certainly. A win in the trilogy against the Irishman will further establish his position.

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What did you make of Cris Cyborg’s comments? Is she right in her assessment? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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