‘He Should Come Back and Fight Nate Diaz’- Georges St-Pierre Says Conor McGregor Should Not Fight Dustin Poirier Again

Published 08/19/2021, 1:09 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC Legend Georges St-Pierre appeared on ‘The MMA Hour’ with Ariel Helwani and talked about all things fighting. Despite being a retired fighter, ‘GSP’ always has something going on in his personal life related to fighting. Not to mention, he continues to train at a high level and has still not shut the door on making a comeback to active competition.

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In the midst of it all, Helwani asked St-Pierre to comment on Conor McGregor and whether he could reach the pinnacle of the sport ever again. ‘Rush’ was introspective when looking at McGregor’s career and provided some clinical advice. Chiefly, he advised McGregor to move on from Dustin Poirier and focus on trying to secure other match-ups.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“If I’m his [McGregor’s] manager, I don’t want my client to come back to fight the same guy again for the fourth time. Now it seems like Dustin has his number. He need to take another fight. I think he should come back and maybe fight Nate Diaz or someone else that has a different style than Dustin Poirier because styles makes fights.

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“Sometimes I feel like Dustin Poirier probably have his number right now and Conor has been out a long time. He needs to get back in there and spend more time in the octagon in order to find his own self, the way he moves, his ability.”

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St-Pierre might have a valid point as many fans and pundits believe that Poirier is simply a step ahead of McGregor at this point. ‘The Diamond’ has remained the more active fighter and had a far more rigorous strength of schedule.

McGregor will be greatly benefitted if he turns his attention towards other fighters in the division. Despite the two losses, he is still an elite lightweight and has a lot to offer against stylistically favorable opponents.

MMA – UFC264 – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – July 10, 2021 Conor McGregor in action against Dustin Poirier REUTERS/Steve Marcus

As ‘GSP’ suggested, Nate Diaz would be a viable match-up since both men are coming off two losses each. Not to mention, there is a built-in narrative that exists and a trilogy fight would sell exceptionally well at the box office.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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