On February 10, 2021, Tyron Woodley met with Helen Yee to discuss his upcoming UFC bout. In a 13-minute interview, Woodley was asked if Conor McGregor and Dustin Poireir should fight again. He responded:
"Conor was winning that fight, I don't know if his conditiong was there for five rounds, he's knocked out Dustin before so it's not like he hasn't really clipped him before. It's hard to say, Dustin is more active though, he's been consistent and Conor isn't fighting for the same thing anymore, he's got all the money, he's got all the stuff. If he wins or loses, it doesn't really matter. Him going out there and fighting is a big deal."
Tyron Woodley and Conor McGregor have been going back and forth at each other since UFC 205. It all started when a member of the media asked Conor McGregor if he was interested in going after the welterweight belt following the Eddie Alvarez fight, to which he responded:
"All the belts."
Tyron Woodley, the welterweight champion at the time, dismissed the idea that Conor McGregor could compete in the higher weight division.
"we punch with way different power in this division. Pack a lunch brother."
The two then had a brief, but intense, moment at the weigh-in, followed by a back and forth on Twitter.
The trilogy between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
This did not seem like a bad idea to Dustin Poirier, who took to Twitter a few days later to respond.
Ariel Helwani told Daniel Cormier on Monday's episode of "DC & Helwani" podcast that the UFC is interested in making the third fight between the two lightweight contenders happen.
"So, now it looks, two weeks later, that we are going back in the direction of Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor three. That is the direction we are going now," revealed Helwani. "Now the big question is: Belt or not? That seems to be up in the air. Still, I think there's a chance they still don't make it for the belt. How about that?"
The lightweight division is stacked with great fighters such as Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, Micheal Chandler, Tony Ferguson, and many more.
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