Colby Covington called out Dustin Poirier after his win at UFC 272, but “The Diamond” doesn’t seem interested in that bout.
Poirier was in Las Vegas on Saturday looking for AJ Fletcher and was asked about Covington’s positive message.
“It’s cute,” Poirier told ESPN. “It’s all good. That’s what it is. People want a big fight. It’s a big fight. He wants a big fight. Obviously, he’s not fit for a title fight. He is. lost to the champion twice, so he probably needs a few more wins but I think if you want to get back on that strap you have to fight heavier opponents. know what I’m doing, if I’m going to lose more weight, if I’m at 155. We’ll see, but it’s like.”
Poirier’s last bout was in December when he fell to lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, losing in the third round. Poirier will have a few high-profile picks for his next scrap, but isn’t amused by the idea of facing off against his former top American teammate.
After all, Poirier is the target of some ruthless trash talk from Conor McGregor and he may not be eager to engage in a fight of words with another loud-mouthed boxer.
“It worked for him,” Poirier said. “He is getting people talking. You are asking me about him. That’s not my style. That’s what I don’t like about the sport these days.”
Covington crossed the line with Trash Talk
Covington doesn’t have an off switch when it comes to trash talk and has sometimes gone overboard, including during his call from Poirier, which mentioned his wife.
“Just do it, buddy. You said it was seen, man. Do it, man,” Covington said at his post-fight news conference. “Stop talking recklessly to the media, man. If I talk to the media and say a lot of things, I’ll come out here and I’ll back it up. I am a man of my words.
“So we can do it anywhere. We don’t need to do that in the UFC Octagon. If he wants to do it in the park or on the street, my only rule is that he lets the world see and enjoy himself, just like he does when Conor is in bed with his wife. “.
One fight Poirier is interested in is with UFC legend Nate Diaz, who has only had one win since 2016.
“Nate Diaz is a fight I want,” Poirier said. “I’ve been following him and his brother forever, so it’s been exciting for me. It will be an interesting match for the fans. That is more likely than the fight in Colby.”
Covington can challenge Israel Adesanya
Covington is in an interesting place. Yes, he won his last match against a quality opponent, but also had a couple of recent losses to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Former UFC fighter turned media personality Chael Sonnen thinks the fight against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will be a good test for Covington.
“Colby suggested: ‘I’ll take that golden ticket, (and) I’ll go to £185.’ I think he should be allowed to do that,” Sonnen told Helen Yee. “You can’t be the No 1 candidate and not get the title. It’s not true.”
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