Dustin Poirier is doubling down on his interest in fighting at UFC 300 in April of next year, and he’s now entertaining the idea of heading into a fourth fight against his bitter rival Conor McGregor.
“I’ve been thinking about 300. I think that’s a big event, you know?” Poirier told Megan Olivi after UFC Fight Night 232. “Like I said in another interview, I missed 200, I’m not going to be around for 400, so that would be like, pretty cool for me.”
“Just have to see opponents and the landscape at that time what’s going to happen, I don’t know. But I think I’m going to fight at the beginning of next year, the opponent is what we’re looking for.
“If [Charles] Oliveira’s getting the fight against with [Islam] Makhachev. [Justin] Gaethje’s going to be next, he’s going to sit out and wait for that because he’s guaranteed himself a shot, so how long is that going to take, you know? So I’ve got to fight somebody, it just depends on who the biggest fight I can make is.”
It’s at that point that Conor McGregor’s name was brought up, and though Poirier has been dismissive of the idea of fighting him again in the past, it seems he’s warming up to the idea now.
“We’ll see [if I’ll take another McGregor fight]. I probably would try to shut him up once and for all but even if I slap his a** around again he’s still going to be chatting, so, we’ll see… It’s a huge fight, [I’m] 2-1 against him, I don’t really see another reason for it but it’d be a huge fight.”
The latest word from McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh had been that the UFC were looking at later in the year for his long-awaited return, and Michael Chandler seemed like his most likely opponent, but nothing is set in stone yet so anything’s possible.