Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is all set to fight former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 257 in Yas Islands, Abu Dhabi on January 23.
The fight is the rematch from seven years ago when the pair fought at UFC 178. In that fight, Conor McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier in the first round in less than two minutes.
McGregor landed a clean right hand to the back to Poirier’s head and then followed up with strikes to ultimately knock him down.
This rematch is the way for Dustin Poirier to even up the score with the Irishmen, however, while appearing on Theo Von’s podcast, he said that he isn’t driven by the urge of revenge or payback.
“This isn’t about payback,” Poirier said on This Past Weekend with Theo Von. “This isn’t a revenge fight for me. Of course those things are great. I go out there and beat him, those are all part of this storyline, [they’re] things I’m going to think about and be happy with, but that’s not the driving force of each day.”
Dustin Poirier is motivated in becoming the best lightweight in the world
He also stated that he is driven by the urge of becoming the best lightweight fighter on the planet.
“I’m driven by the main goal: becoming the world champion, being the best,” Dustin Poirier said. “I know that a win over a guy like this, at this point of our careers, it etches my name in the history books—on its own page.
“I’m in the books. I’m in the honorable mentions right now,” Dustin Poirier added. “I’m trying get my own numbered page. I think a win over this guy does that and cements me as a legitimate combat sports professional in a time that’s full of great athletes: Conor, Khabib [Nurmagomedov].
“It’s so much history involved in this fight. The full circle, fighting him again now, becoming the interim champ, switching weight classes. [There’s] so much going into this that I know what a win does not only for me and for my legacy, but for my family, their future financially. I know what comes with a win, and I’m ready to bear that weight at this point in my career.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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