UFC News: Former Champion turns down the idea of fighting Jorge Masvidal
The fans would like to see a host of fighters go up against Masvidal and one of the many dream fights that could be booked features Dustin Poirier.
During a recent Q&A on Twitter, The Diamond was asked about the possibility of going up against Masvidal, as it stylistically could be an entertaining fight with both men being clean strikers.
Poirier shot down the idea and stated that the fight would not happen.
The former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion didn't sound too interested about getting locked up inside the Octagon with the hottest property in UFC.
From Poirier's point of view, moving up to Welterweight to face a dangerous fighter in Masvidal would just be too big a risk to take.
While Masvidal has fought at Lightweight before, he has found his groove at the 170 lbs division and there is no reason for him to make a weight cut during his current hot streak.
There is another interesting sub-plot, however, that needs to be taken into account. Masvidal and Poirier are teammates at American Top Team. Masvidal already has a strained relationship with another ATT teammate, Colby Covington, as the two have traded shots for the past few months.
Poirier could want to avoid getting into a tricky showdown with his own teammates however appealing it may sound from a financial standpoint.
Poirier vs, Masvidal sounds great on paper but it's a fight that may never happen in reality - probably behind the closed doors at ATT during sparring sessions- but never inside the Octagon.
Published 02 Dec 2019, 07:56 IST