Dustin Poirier knows the stakes are high for his potential rematch against Conor McGregor on January 23.
Over the last few weeks, McGregor and Poirier had agreed to have an exhibition sparring match in support of charity. The UFC then stepped in and offered the fight to headline UFC 257 on Jan. 23 and last week, both men agreed. It immediately caught the attention of the MMA world as many have wanted to see this rematch for years.
For Poirier, he says the rematch is giving him the chance to make life fair.
25 minutes to make life fair.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 19, 2020
January 23rd. 25 minutes to make life fair.
Conor McGregor is coming off a 40-second knockout win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The fight marked his return to the sport after he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 229. In his MMA career, he has beaten the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, and Jose Aldo.
Dustin Poirier is coming off a Fight of the Year contender against Dan Hooker in June which he won by decision. It was his first time fighting since he suffered a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title.
Although McGregor and Poirier already fought before, this is basically a fresh matchup. First off, they fought when they were both at featherweight and both men have proven they are better at lightweight. Poirier has also shown he can take a lot more shots at 155lbs so perhaps he can survive that early flurry of McGregor which he couldn’t when they first fought.
Regardless, it is a very intriguing matchup and one many fans are looking forward to. The winner is also likely to receive the next lightweight title shot even if the fight is at welterweight which John Kavanagh has hinted at. So, whatever weight class, Poirier knows the stakes are high for him.