Dustin Poirier has been a matchmaker for the UFC lightweight division and has an idea for the return of Conor McGregor.
Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC), a former interim lightweight champion, just lost his title to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last December. He hasn’t picked an opponent for himself, but “The Diamond” has set up three matchups in the stacked 155-pound division that he thinks make sense.
Prior to losing to Oliveira, Poirier earned back-to-back stoppages against McGregor, who broke his leg in their trilogy bout at UFC 264 in July 2021. With McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) approaching his return, Poirier would like to see him fight one of his former opponents, Justin Gaethje (23-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
“Justin Gaethje against the return of Conor McGregor,” said Poirier on ESPN’s DC and RC. “The hype, the buildup – someone’s going to sleep. I mean, you’re on the lookout for a car accident – a head-on collision, and I want to see it.
With the lightweight title currently vacant due to Oliveira (33-8 MMA, 21-8 UFC) missing weight in his win over Gaethje at UFC 274, Poirier wants to see the former champ against the Islam streak. Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC).
“Charles Oliveira against Islam – we have to do it,” Poirier said. “I know it’s a vacant title fight, but for me, Charles is defending his belt against Islam if that happens, and I think it should happen.”
Finally, Poirier pitted American Top Team teammate Mateusz Gamrot (21-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) against Beneil Dariush (21-4-1 MMA, 15-4-1 UFC). Gamrot is coming off a Main Event win over fellow countryman Arman Tsarukyan.
“Beneil Dariush – that’s a curveball – against Gamrot, a guy I train with, who’s breaking through the rankings, who’s a great grappler, who has to prove himself against a veteran – and that’s the fight “, said Poirier. “It’s going to be a fun game. I think it’s going to be a lot of jostling. Dariush is going to have a hard time getting him down, and if he does, he has his hands full there.
Who does that leave Poirier? Host Daniel Cormier suggested Michael Chandler, but Poirier didn’t seem overly interested, despite the duo getting into an altercation while in attendance at UFC 276.