Justin Gaethje, who now stands at No.2 in the Lightweight rankings is of the view that the 155-pound weight category is not in the best shape and has blamed the UFC president Dana White for the mismanagement.
Poirier said he would be open to a rematch with McGregor or a bout with Nate Diaz but ruled out a fight against Michael Chandler, who defeated Dan Hooker on his UFC debut in the co-main event.
"Then he had another year out, and then he fought this guy, [Dustin] Poirier".
"Respect to Chandler, great win", Poirier said.
"People want to climb that ladder, and in order to do that, you've got to beat the guys at the top". "I'm trying to strike while the iron is hot". He is on an eight-fight winning streak, with seven coming via submission or KO.
As far as a timeline goes, Charles Oliveira says he is ready for the fight right now.
Poirer admits Oliviera has earned his shot but still isn't sold on fighting either man. I just finished the two-division former world champion. He and Chandler fight for the belt.
Gaethje comments arrive after Chandler himself recently revealed he accepted a short-notice fight at UFC 258, only to have his mystery opponent pull out. I'm not going to use the word 'disrespectful, ' even though I just did, but it kind of is.
While Poirier has taken on all comers in the past, it seems like at this point of his career - a bigger pay day is more of a priority. He's glad he got paid well for the UFC 254 title fight, and he's itching to get booked to fight again so he can bounce back from the loss to Nurmagomedov.
"You know if Poirier fights McGregor again, there will likely be a UFC championship attached to it, and we both know, as fantastic as McGregor's career has been and as popular as he is, he shouldn't be fighting for a UFC title in his next bout", said ESPN's Brett Okamoto said. As I did. Not a knock on Gaethje, but he lost.
"I said yes to an opportunity", Chandler told ESPN's Ariel Helwani on Monday.
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Gaethje talked about the uncertain nature of the UFC Lightweight Championship and implied that the indecision and misjudgment of Dana White have paved the way for the unjust that is prevailing.
Justin Gaethje thinks the UFC dropped the ball in how it's handled business at the very top of the lightweight division. But it doesn't really matter.
"That's the fight that has to happen". "Dustin has to fight me".