Dustin Poirier issues response to Colby Covington call-out

Since Colby Covington called out Dustin Poirier at UFC 272, fans have eagerly awaited a reply from ‘The Diamond’. Now, they have finally got it.

At UFC 272, the controversial welterweight dismantled long term friend-turned-rival Jorge Masvidal in an absolute clinic. Covington took advantage of his Division 1 wrestling credentials to rag-doll ‘Gamebred’ from one side of the octagon to the other. Although some claim his style is boring, there’s no denying that it’s highly effective.

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The 34-year-old is the best 170-pounder on the planet, not named Kamaru Usman. But after already conceding two losses to the champion, it’s unlikely that he’ll get another shot at the belt anytime soon. Therefore, he has to look at other options. And with Covington’s trash-talking gimmick considered, he’s looking for the perfect dance partner to boogie to his tune.

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Colby Covington wants Dustin Poirier

The welterweight is desperate to finally battle it out with the Louisiana native, even though they operate in different weight classes. Similarly to the Masvidal saga, Covington and Poirier used to share a friendship, but ‘Chaos’ has made it personal since leaving the gym.

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Despite the continuous digs, however, Poirier has remained relatively quiet. Since his loss against Charles Oliveira, in which he came agonisingly close to finally picking up an elusive world title, he’s set his focus on another monster fight.

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After its cancellation in 2018, fans have patiently waited for The Diamond’s contest with Nate Diaz to get rescheduled. With the Stockton fighter admitting that he wants the match-up as soon as possible before he heads off into the sunset, MMA enthusiasts are hopeful that this mega match-up will finally occur.

But despite that being Poirier’s main focus, the media have to ask him about Covington. At UFC Vegas 50, the lightweight gave a very withstrained answer about a potential collision with his former teammate.

Speaking to ESPN, he said: “It’s cute. It’s all good. It is what it is. People want big fights. That’s a big fight. He wants a big fight. Obviously, he’s not in line for the title fight.

“He lost twice to the champ, so he probably needs a few more wins. But I would think if you want to get back to that strap, you’ve got to fight welterweight contenders.”

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He added: “I don’t know what I’m doing, if I’m going to welterweight, if I’m staying at 155 [pounds], we’ll see. It is what it is.

“It’s working for him. He’s got people talking. You’re asking me about him. But it’s just not my style. That’s what I dislike about the sport nowadays.

“Nate Diaz is a fight I want. I’ve been watching him and his brother forever, so it’s exciting for me. The match-up would be fun for the fans. That’s more likely than the Colby fight. This summer, I think it’s going to happen.”

Unfortunately for Covington, it’s evident that Poirier isn’t too interested in the fight. It looks like the enigmatic athlete will have to try and find another opponent to start a rivalry. But we can’t imagine that he’ll struggle with that.

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