Dustin Poirier just shared the reason as to why Conor McGregor has decided to fight him.
McGregor has decided to accept the offer by the UFC to fight Poirier but has a certain demand to make it happen. While the UFC wants to save it for January, the former UFC champion wants it to take place on November 12th.
Dustin Poirier Shares Theory Why Conor McGregor Is Fighting Him
According to Poirier, he thinks this fight came about as a way for McGregor to prepare for his rumored fight with Manny Pacquiao in the middle east.
“Going back to why I think he wants this fight, it’s because he’s angling to fight Pacquiao. That was in the news,” Poirier said on “THE FIGHT” with Teddy Atlas. “So I don’t know if the UFC wants him to fight one more time before they allow him to fight Pacquiao or if he just wants to get one more this year before starting next year with the Pacquiao fight, but what better way to do it against another southpaw?
“I think that might be his mind set. He wants to fight another southpaw before he fights another southpaw. I don’t know what’s going on, but I think that’s what the alignment is.”
Poirier also thinks it might be due to McGregor thinking if he wins then he could get a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Kahbib (Nurmagomedov), the current champion, said that if Conor or Tony fights me and wins then he’ll give him another title shot, so that’s in his head too,” Poirier said. “I think that’s creating a perfect storm, and it’s coming together that he’s coming out in public and saying, ‘Hey, I want to fight Dustin Poirier this year.’”