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Dustin Poirier shuts down potential Colby Covington octagon clash

Dustin Poirier is staying firm on his intention to not fight Colby Covington in the UFC.

In fact, Poirier (28-7-0) isn’t even interested, despite the big fight status it would probably generate. “No, I would never fight Colby in an octagon where there’s finances on the line,” Poirier emphasized to reporters at UFC 271. “If I fight Colby, we’re both going to jail. I’m going to jail. I’m not gonna fight him in the octagon.”

Covington (17-3-0) recently defeated American Top Team teammate Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 on Mar. 5. After the bout, Covington called out Poirier for a fight and insulted his family.

“It’s cute,” Poirier said to ESPN backstage at UFC Vegas 50.  “It’s all good. It is what it is. People want big fights. That’s a big fight. He wants big fights. 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 have to fight welterweight contenders. I don’t know what I’m doing, if I’m going to welterweight, if I’m staying at 155. We’ll see. But it is what it is.”

Poirier seems much more interested in fighting Nate Diaz, something that he continues to call for and did again at UFC 272.

Over to you, Colby Covington.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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