UFC 178

Conor McGregor Agrees to UFC 178 Fight with Dustin Poirier If Poirier Shows Up

USA Today
Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIJuly 20, 2014

After picking up a win in front of his countrymen, Conor McGregor has no shortage of options for his next fight in the UFC.

That's due in large part to the brash comments he has made on a regular basis since joining the UFC's ranks. One man who wouldn't mind "whipping his a-s" is Dustin Poirier. Matt Erickson of MMA Junkie has the response from McGregor, and it's what most people would expect from the Irishman.

That would be perfect for me. His teammate Cole Miller, he pulled out. You’re trying to tell me that Dustin Poirier, Nik Lentz, both top 10 guys, no fights scheduled, didn’t know about Cole’s injury? They would’ve known before the UFC would’ve known. And yet nothing. They didn’t campaign for this. This is a main-event slot. It’s a big, big event. And yet there wasn’t a peep out of both of them.

So I know he doesn’t want that fight. He can pretend that he wants the fight and send out tweets and this and that. Let’s do it. One by one, I’ll take every single one of them out.

McGregor was originally scheduled to face Cole Miller, but the American Top Team product had to pull out of the fight due to a thumb injury. Poirier last competed in April against Akira Corassani, winning by TKO in the second round. The bout earned both competitors Fight of the Night honors.

Meanwhile, Lentz rebounded from his first defeat at featherweight by taking out Manny Gamburyan in May. He was subsequently paired up with Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 50.

If McGregor vs. Poirier does materialize, it has the makings of a Fight of the Year candidate. Both Poirier and McGregor have fan-friendly styles and don't know how to move anywhere but forward. The buildup to the fight would likely help secure some undecided buyers for a pay-per-view card as well.

It would be a quick turnaround for McGregor, but considering he's been on the shelf since last year prior to his fight against Brandao, it's a good bet the Irishman wants to strike while the iron is hot.

It's the perfect opportunity for Poirier to stay busy while the top handful of fighters in the division wait on the health of Jose Aldo. Quite a few people in the division could be competing for the UFC title, and with Poirier seemingly on the outside looking in, fighting McGregor would give him a high-profile bout to take.

UFC 178 is scheduled for Sept. 27 in Las Vegas and already features a stacked lineup that will be headlined by the much-anticipated rematch between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

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