Conor McGregor’s possible fight against Dustin Poirier is tantalizing to all. Not only do fans see it as Conor’s return to the octagon, but they also see it as two elite lightweights fighting in a genuine contenders fight. The appeal it has is not just a rematch between Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier after six years, but also the ramifications it has on Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje.
If Dana says it, it must be true. Right? Well, he has gone back on his word with certain things before. However, there really is no reason to doubt the UFC President right now. The possibility of him relenting and letting the fight happen at 170 is a distinct possibility. One thing he will make clear is that this win means nothing for either Conor or Dustin’s chances of getting a lightweight title shot. But then, why are UFC fans even watching the fight?
McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) faces Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 in Abu Dhabi in a lightweight bout. Their first fight went down at UFC 178 in 2014, in which a rising McGregor scored a knockout victory over Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) less than two minutes into the opening round of a featherweight clash.
The amount of hype going into the bout has us thinking about some of the rematches which lived up to, and even exceeded, advance billing. So it’s time to take a trip back to Dan Tom’s Fight Vault and look back at what MMA Junkie’s fight analyst believes are the five best rematches in the sport’s history.
One fight which made the list? McGregor’s stirring majority decision victory over Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 202, just months after Diaz submitted McGregor in their first clash.
That proves McGregor knows how to deliver the second time he faces a fighter in the cage. The bout landed at No. 3. To find out the rest, watch the video above.
Low stakes Conor McGregor fights will sell, regardless. But this isn’t just about selling a fight. These are two elite fighters that can build their legacies through fights like this. Why has it go down and let everyone question its validity due to the weight class? ‘The Notorious’ has only fought at welterweight for either grudge fights (Nate Diaz) or a gimmick return (“Cowboy” Cerrone).
If these two fight, there should be real stakes behind it. Those stakes are created at 155, which is White’s viewpoint on the same. Let’s see where these talks go from here