Dustin Poirier takes aim at Conor McGregor following UFC 303 pullout

Dustin Poirier rekindles rivalry with Conor McGregor after UFC 299 He felt that right hook tooDustin Poirier took a shot at Conor McGregor following news of the Irishman being out of his UFC 303…

Dustin Poirier rekindles rivalry with Conor McGregor after UFC 299 He felt that right hook too

Dustin Poirier took a shot at Conor McGregor following news of the Irishman being out of his UFC 303 fight against Michael Chandler.

Poirier and McGregor are rivals as the two have fought three times, with ‘The Diamond’ winning twice. With the two being rivals, they took take shots at one another and McGregor blasted Poirier for the UFC 302 PPV buyrate.

“500k PPV buys done. A nothing burger,” McGregor wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

McGregor on Dustin Poirier vs. Makhachev buyrate

At UFC 302, Poirier suffered a fifth-round submission loss to Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title as the two were the main event.

Now, following Conor McGregor being out of UFC 303, Dustin Poirier took his opportunity to blast the Irishman.

Dustin Poirier

It was a subtle response from Poirier that shows the rivalry between the two of them is still alive and well. Whether or not that leads to a fourth fight is unclear this time.

Dustin Poirier hints at retirement after UFC 302 loss

Dustin Poirier suffered a fifth-round submission loss to Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title, and after the fight, he hinted at retirement.

Dustin Poirier

Poirier is now 0-3 in undisputed title fights, and he says he isn’t sure what he is fighting for, which is why he’s leaning toward retirement.

“I still don’t know,” Poirier said on The MMA Hour. “I can’t say I’ll never fight again, but I just don’t know the reason. What am I going to fight for? To get into a battle? I love that, but I’ve taken some lumps over the years. It has to be for something. And maybe that’s something I’ll realize in the coming weeks, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.

“I’m leaning towards being done. For sure. Especially with getting the title fight, how many more times would I need to fight to put myself back in position to fight for the world title? I don’t know. And like I said, I’m not going to do it again, I’m not going to fight five more times to try and earn another title shot. I’m in a weird spot and I don’t know how to explain it or what decision to make. I’m just taking it day by day and seeing what comes with my mind changing and just to see how I feel.”

Dustin Poirier is 30-9 with one no-contest in the UFC and is the former interim lightweight champ.

Video – Dustin Poirier catches up with Team Khabib following UFC 302: ‘I just want to wish you the best’

Video - Dustin Poirier catches up with Team Khabib following UFC 302: 'I just want to wish you the best'After going toe-to-toe with Islam Makhachev for nearly five rounds, there was nothing, but respect between Dustin Poirier and…

Video - Dustin Poirier catches up with Team Khabib following UFC 302: 'I just want to wish you the best'

After going toe-to-toe with Islam Makhachev for nearly five rounds, there was nothing, but respect between Dustin Poirier and Team Khabib.

Stepping into the main event spotlight at UFC 302 for his third and (likely) final shot at lightweight gold, ‘The Diamond’ threw everything he had at the Makhachev in hopes of being the man to finally dethrone the ‘Dagestani Destroyer.’ Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. After 22 and a half minutes of intense action, Makhachev finally forced Poirier to tap out via a slick darce joke that ultimately put his opponent to sleep.

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Though the animosity leading up to fight night was evident, there was nothing, but respect between Poirier and Makhachev’s team, led by UFC Hall of Famer and all-time great Khabib Nurmagomedov, once it was all said and done.

What’s next for Dustin Poirier and Islam makhachev?

As for what comes next, the picture is much more clear on Makhachev’s side of things. The Dagestani will likely find himself tasked with taking on No. 1 ranked lightweight contender Arman Tsarukyan sometime this fall. Ahalkalakets’ earned his spot at the front of the line with a split decision victory over Charles Oliveira at UFC 300 in April.

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No official announcements have been made regarding their inevitable clash, but Tsarukyan recently suggested that it will likely go down this October in Abu Dhabi or in November at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

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With Poirier, the future is uncertain. Even before he made the walk in The Garden State, ‘The Diamond’ made it clear that UFC 302 could be his final stand. He did leave the door cracked open for a potential return, but has since told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he is “leaning towards being done.”

Conor McGregor rips alleged $500,000 PPV buy rate for UFC 302 card: ‘A nothing burger’

Conor McGregor rips alleged $500,000 PPV buy rate for UFC 302 card a nothing burgerAhead of his own return at UFC 303 later this month, former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor has hit out…

Conor McGregor rips alleged $500,000 PPV buy rate for UFC 302 card a nothing burger

Ahead of his own return at UFC 303 later this month, former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor has hit out at UFC 302 headliners, Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier – claiming the pay-per-view event landed just a $500,000 buy rate.

McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight gold holder, has been sidelined since he fractured his left tibia and fibula back in 2021 against the above-mentioned, Poirier, dropping a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO defeat in the process.

Conor McGregor confirms UFC 303 fight with Michael Chandler is on amid scrutiny see ya's soon

And slated to make his comeback from an-almost three year layoff this month at UFC 303 in a main event fight against former title challenger, Michael Chandler, McGregor returns to the welterweight limit at the International Fight Week event.

Headlining UFC 302 earlier this month in New Jersey, pound-for-pound number one, Makhachev would land his third successful defense of his lightweight crown in a submission win over the previously mentioned common-foe, Poirier. 

Dustin Poirier reflects on incredible squeeze from Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 it was like a vise grip
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Latching onto a fifth round D’Arce choke submission, Makhachev forced a final frame tap from the former interim champion, before eventually choking him unconscious in an adversity-filled pairing between the duo.

Conor McGregor claims UFC 302 landed just $500,000 in PPV buys

Confirmed as turning in a $7,000,000+ gate at the Prudential Center in Newark, according to former duel-weight champion, McGregor, UFC 302 garnered just $500,000 in pay-per-view buys – much to his delight.

Replacement fight floated as Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler in jeopardy for UFC 303
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“500k ppv buys [UFC] 302 done,” Conor McGregor posted on his official X account. “A nothing burger.” 

Without a victory since 2020, McGregor’s most recent win came in the form of a first round knockout win over former lightweight title challenger, Donald Cerrone in a welterweight pairing – with the Hall of Fame star landing himself in hot water this week with some controversial comments about Russian nationals and Muslims.

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UFC fan favorite Dustin Poirier isn’t retiring just yet, but he is ‘leaning towards being done’

UFC fan favorite Dustin Poirier isn't retiring just yet, but he is 'leaning towards being done'Dustin Poirier hasn’t made a decision about his future, but he’s definitely leaning one way over the other. Stepping…

UFC fan favorite Dustin Poirier isn't retiring just yet, but he is 'leaning towards being done'

Dustin Poirier hasn’t made a decision about his future, but he’s definitely leaning one way over the other.

Stepping into the main event spotlight at UFC 302 for his third and final shot at lightweight gold, ‘The Diamond’ came up short once again, succumbing to a darce choke in the fifth round against reigning world champion Islam Makhachev.

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Immediately following the fight, Poirier suggested that his retirement was imminent, though he did leave the door cracked open for a potential return.

Dustin Poirier

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Poirier revealed that he has not fully decided yet. However, he admitted to “leaning towards being done.”

“I still don’t know,” Poirier said on Monday. “I can’t say I’ll never fight again, but I just don’t know the reason. What am I going to fight for? To get into a battle? I love that, but I’ve taken some lumps over the years. It has to be for something. And maybe that’s something I’ll realize in the coming weeks, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.

“I’m leaning towards being done. For sure. Especially with getting the title fight, how many more times would I need to fight to put myself back in position to fight for the world title? I don’t know. And like I said, I’m not going to do it again, I’m not going to fight five more times to try and earn another title shot. I’m in a weird spot and I don’t know how to explain it or what decision to make. I’m just taking it day by day and seeing what comes with my mind changing and just to see how I feel” (h/t MMA Fighting).

Dustin Poirier proved he can still hang with the best

Despite the loss to Makhachev, Dustin Poirier looked as good as ever, even sitting dead even with the ‘Dagestani Destroyer’ on one judge’s scorecards going into the final five. Even at 35 years old, Poirier clearly has plenty left in the tank when it comes to competing with the best of the best.

Dustin Poirier

As it stands, that’s the only thing keeping him from closing the book on his iconic career.

“The only thing that makes me not want to walk away is because I know I can still compete with these guys and I feel like I’m still getting better,” Poirier said. “It’s not like I’m slowing down that much or age is catching up with me. My reaction time is still good, I feel good, and I know I can beat these guys. And say I do leave, a year from now, it might not be the same if I ever try to come back.

“I’m scared to miss what I have left to give, but also I don’t want to give too much of myself. … I want to give more because I know that I have a short window to give the best of myself, but also I’ve given so much of myself to the sport for so long, it’s just, where do I draw the line? That’s a battle I have to figure out with myself.”

Dustin Poirier reflects on ‘Incredible squeeze’ of Islam Makhachev at UFC 302: ‘It was like a vise grip’

Dustin Poirier reflects on incredible squeeze from Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 it was like a vise gripFormer interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has claimed that while former foe, Khabib Nurmagomedov was likely stronger than opponent, Islam…

Dustin Poirier reflects on incredible squeeze from Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 it was like a vise grip

Former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has claimed that while former foe, Khabib Nurmagomedov was likely stronger than opponent, Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 earlier this month – the latter’s squeeze and taut pressure was something he had yet to experience inside the Octagon.

Poirier, the current number four ranked divisional contender and former interim gold holder, headlined UFC 302 earlier this month in New Jersey, suffering in his third attempt to land the undisputed divisional crown.

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Suffering a fifth round submission loss to pound-for-pound pacesetter, Makahchev, Poirier was forced to tap to a late D’Arce choke in the final frame, before he eventually went unconscious in the finishing sequence.

Dustin Poirier compliments Islam Makhachev after UFC 302 loss

Reflecting on his blemish submission to the Russian, Poirier offered some comparisons between the ability of Nurmagomedov and his protégé, Makhachev, claiming the squeezing ability of the latter was “incredible”.

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“I think Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is stronger [than Islam Makhachev] – physically stronger,” Dustin Poirier told MMA Fighting. “Islam’s squeeze was incredible. Like, I never – the whole fight he felt okay – all of these guys are strong, but it wasn’t overwhelming. But his squeeze: that torque he got in that D’Arce choke, you know, it was like a vise – it was like a vise grip.” 

Admitting he had likely made his final Octagon walk and appearance in the immediate aftermath of his defeat to Makhachev, Poirier issued a heartfelt thank you to his fans and family as the crowd offered him a standing ovation at the Prudential Center. 

Dustin Poirier reveals nasty injury list after UFC 302 loss broken nose broken ribs and I tore my ACL

Poirier’s close friend, former UFC lightweight star, Yves Edwards interestingly revealed that the Lafayette native suffered a debilitating rib injury just weeks from his fight with Makhachev, which prevented him from grappling and wrestling during his camp.

Do you want to see Dustin Poirier fight beyond his UFC 302 title fight loss?

Dustin Poirier reflects on ‘Incredible squeeze’ of Islam Makhachev at UFC 302: ‘It was like a vise grip’

Dustin Poirier reflects on incredible squeeze from Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 it was like a vise gripFormer interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has claimed that while former foe, Khabib Nurmagomedov was likely stronger than opponent, Islam…

Dustin Poirier reflects on incredible squeeze from Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 it was like a vise grip

Former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has claimed that while former foe, Khabib Nurmagomedov was likely stronger than opponent, Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 earlier this month – the latter’s squeeze and taut pressure was something he had yet to experience inside the Octagon.

Poirier, the current number four ranked divisional contender and former interim gold holder, headlined UFC 302 earlier this month in New Jersey, suffering in his third attempt to land the undisputed divisional crown.

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Suffering a fifth round submission loss to pound-for-pound pacesetter, Makahchev, Poirier was forced to tap to a late D’Arce choke in the final frame, before he eventually went unconscious in the finishing sequence.

Dustin Poirier compliments Islam Makhachev after UFC 302 loss

Reflecting on his blemish submission to the Russian, Poirier offered some comparisons between the ability of Nurmagomedov and his protégé, Makhachev, claiming the squeezing ability of the latter was “incredible”.

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“I think Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is stronger [than Islam Makhachev] – physically stronger,” Dustin Poirier told MMA Fighting. “Islam’s squeeze was incredible. Like, I never – the whole fight he felt okay – all of these guys are strong, but it wasn’t overwhelming. But his squeeze: that torque he got in that D’Arce choke, you know, it was like a vise – it was like a vise grip.” 

Admitting he had likely made his final Octagon walk and appearance in the immediate aftermath of his defeat to Makhachev, Poirier issued a heartfelt thank you to his fans and family as the crowd offered him a standing ovation at the Prudential Center. 

Dustin Poirier reveals nasty injury list after UFC 302 loss broken nose broken ribs and I tore my ACL

Poirier’s close friend, former UFC lightweight star, Yves Edwards interestingly revealed that the Lafayette native suffered a debilitating rib injury just weeks from his fight with Makhachev, which prevented him from grappling and wrestling during his camp.

Do you want to see Dustin Poirier fight beyond his UFC 302 title fight loss?