Dustin Poirier opens door to Conor McGregor trilogy bout as he says Oliveira and Chandler should fight for UFC titleFebruary 1, 2021
DUSTIN POIRIER has opened the door to a Conor McGregor trilogy by suggesting Michael Chandler should fight Charles Oliveira for the title.
Poirier knocked out McGregor in round two of their rematch at UFC 257, returning the favour and equalling their series at 1-1.
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And with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov appearing content in retirement, it puts the American in line for a shot at the belt.
But Poirier considers himself the uncrowned champion, and would let Oliveira – on an eight-fight winning streak – and UFC new boy Chandler challenge for the official belt.
He told MMA Junkie: “I want to be the world champion, and Charles is a guy that’s paid his dues.
“He’s earned where he’s at, no doubt about it. Let him and Chandler fight for the belt.
"If they want Chandler in there for the title, and he’s calling for the title. Let them fight for the belt. I’ll take a step back and just watch.”
Chandler, 34, made his UFC debut on Poirier's undercard and announced himself with a stunning first round KO against Dan Hooker, 30.
But Poirier is uninterested in fighting the former Bellator star, meaning if he is handed a title shot, Oliveira is the primed opponent.
It would free up McGregor and Poirier, both 32, to settle their score in a trilogy decider.
But as of yet, no talks for an immediate rematch have taken place.
Poirier revealed: “I don’t know what they’re saying behind closed doors.
"And I haven’t been reached out yet by the UFC or by Conor’s management about the trilogy fight.
"So I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I haven’t been reached out to the UFC about anything.”
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