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Dustin Poirier is ready to face Conor McGregor for a fourth time following his return from injury – but Dana White will organise a title shot for the 32-year-old first after his victory at UFC 264.
While the former Lightweight title contender dominated the opening stages, during which two of the three judges scored a 10-8 round in his favour, McGregor questioned the manner of the result.
The former featherweight and lightweight double-champion rolled over on his ankle during the final few seconds of the five minutes, after a kick looked to have been blocked by his rival's elbow.
While the fight was called off as a TKO, the caveat of it being a doctor stoppage has left McGregor wanting another crack at his rival following a victory in 2014 and two recent defeats.
With that desire being unsurprising, attention has switched to the future of Poirier, who is now in line to face current Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira later this year.
Poirier told TMZ: "Anything is possible. I just have to get with my family, and see what's next."
Having said of McGregor's injury after clashing verbally in the octagon after the fight: "You never wanna see someone injured like that. The recovery is gonna be hard."
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Dana White was asked about the possibility of a rematch during his press conference, and he didn't rule it out further down the line.
He said: "Dustin Poirier will fight for the title and when Conor is healed and ready to go, we'll do the rematch."
McGregor's coach John Kavanagh said of the sickening injury: “You can watch this back on Instagram – there are lots of short clips there – where he throws a leg kick, moves away and then he threw a teep.
“And that was one of the techniques we wanted to employ in this fight. Obviously being a southpaw, that liver side is there, so we were looking to teep in that area.
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“If you think about it, I think teep actually does mean spear, it’s supposed to go in a horizontal motion – sort of in and out.
“Whereas Conor threw that particular technique more sort of like a karate-style technique, flicking from the knee, to stab the ball of the foot into the abdomen.
“He very aggressively threw that kick, Dustin shelled with the lead hand and the foot wraps around the knee, in a similar fashion to poor old [Anderson] Silva and [Chris] Weidman.
“He stands back on it and you can see the bone almost protrude through the skin; I don’t know how he didn’t fall there, but he comes in and they both exchange crosses, they both miss, he goes to step back and that is where you have that horrifying fold.”
- Conor Mcgregor
- Dana White
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