Dustin Poirier may have secured bragging rights after defeating Conor McGregor in their octagon trilogy at UFC 264, but “The Diamond” admitted that their paths are likely to cross again.
Speaking after his injury TKO victory over McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Poirier said that some of McGregor’s trash talk, both before and after the fight, had left a sour taste in the mouth and he will get another opportunity to throw hands with the Irishman further down the line.
“We are going to fight again whether it’s in the octagon or on the sidewalk,” Poirier said.
“You don’t say the stuff he said. My wife is solid as a rock. I’m not worried about that. That’s noise.
“He was saying he was going to kill me. You don’t say stuff like that – that he was going to murder me. You don’t say stuff like that.
“You don’t say stuff about people’s wives either, but I know that that’s zero chance.
“There is a chance somebody could die. You don’t say that. You don’t wish that on anybody.”
Poirier revealed that some of McGregor’s comments during fight week were so over the top that they weren’t included in the UFC’s behind-the-scenes fight week “Embedded” video series.
“Conor said some nasty stuff that didn’t make it on Embedded,” Poirier said.
“Maybe when the behind-the-scenes for this fight airs, you’ll see him on the ground still saying some really bad stuff.
“But even that stuff being said, I don’t wish serious harm like that on nobody. The guy’s got kids.
“I want him to go home safe to his family. I pray before these fights.
“Every time before I walk through that octagon door, I’m praying not for me to win. I’m praying that we both get out of there safe.
“I know what I’m going to try to do to him and I know what he’s going to try to do to me.”
Poirier will move on to face newly crowned lightweight champion Charles Oliveira as he bids to capture the undisputed 155-pound title later this year and if he’s successful, he said McGregor may have to defeat another contender before he gets the chance to face him again.
“Conor McGregor is 1-3 or 1-4 in the lightweight division,” he pointed out.
“Yeah. He has to win some fights.
“But, like I said before, a guy like there goes out there and starches somebody, he’s right back in the top contender talk, just because of his star power.”