“If His Leg Wouldn’t Have Broke I’d Have Broke His Heart” – Dustin Poirier Says He’s Had Enough of Conor McGregor

Published 12/08/2021, 6:30 AM EST
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 Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Dustin Poirier will be back in action on December 11 against Charles Oliveira. The number 1 ranked UFC lightweight will fight for the lightweight title at UFC 269.

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Poirier last entered the octagon at UFC 264 to fight Conor McGregor. As the fighters were tied at 1-1, the UFC booked the trilogy fight between them. After absorbing some early strikes, ‘The Diamond’ took McGregor down in the fight and landed huge shots on him.

However, at the end of the first round, ‘The Notorious‘ broke his leg, which forced the doctor’s stoppage. Since then, McGregor has been asking for a rematch against Poirier.

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In the build-up to his fight against Oliveira, Poirier sat down with the UFC and looked at some of the memorable moments from his career at the promotion- the trilogy fight was there as well. While talking about the fight, and looking at the video, he said, “Submissions don’t count, and he tried to submit me. First one to shoot a takedown is a b**ch, he’s the one trying to take me down. A lot of stuff that we just tuck away and let this guy continue to run his mouth.”

“If his leg wouldn’t have broke, I would’ve broke his heart,” Poirier said. “The fight was going bad for him. I was in full control, I saw that look in his eyes of desperation that I saw in Abu Dhabi. I was going to knock him out. He wasn’t going to fight five rounds with me.”

Dustin Poirier expects an all-out war at UFC 269

The Diamond‘ has moved past his rivalry with McGregor and is looking forward to the next challenge. He will face one of the toughest fighters in the UFC in Charles Oliveira. ‘Do Bronx’ is on the best run of his career. The Brazilian, who is on a nine-fight win streak, has beaten beat the likes of Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler on his way to the title.

Despite many people underestimating Oliveira, Poirier knows what ‘Do Bronx’ brings to the table. He said, “I really feel this is going to be an all-out war. I know everybody says stuff like that when they talk about their upcoming fights, but we’re both finishers. We both throw big shots on the feet. We both scramble and fight anywhere the fight goes. He wants to keep his belt, I want to wrap it around my waist. I mean, we’re gonna leave it all out there.”

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Both men are highly experienced combatants. They have fought a combined 54 times in the UFC and have reached the top the hard way. Oliveira got his first title shot at UFC 262 in May 2021, i.e. 11 years after making his debut in the UFC.

Dustin Poirier also had to wait his turn to get a shot at the title. He joined the promotion in 2011 and got his first title shot after 8 years of grinding.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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