Poirier: UFC lightweight title ‘not even one-third of my base salary’ for Conor McGregor fight

Dustin Poirier [avenged his loss to Conor McGre
That’s because Poirier has bills to pay and a family to feed, so without throwing any disrespect to reigning 155-pound titleholder Charles Oliveira, “The Diamond” opted to run it back with McGregor for more than three times the salary.

“Me fighting for the belt, I wouldn’t have got pay-per-view [points],” Poirier told ESPN (transcribed by Tristen Critchfield). “I’d have gotten a base salary of probably not even a third of my base salary for this fight. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m a prize fighter. If I’m gonna make five, six, seven, 10 times the amount of money to fight, I’m a father, I’m a husband and I have priorities.”gor](Knockout! Watch Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 2 full fight video highlights - UFC 257 - MMAmania.com) in the UFC 257 main event and with that career-defining victory, had an opportunity to compete for the 155-pound title and carve his name into the annals of championship history.

Instead, “The Diamond” will complete his “Notorious” trilogy at UFC 264.

One of those priorities is keeping the “Good Fight” afloat, though it doesn’t seem like his charity is short on donations, even without help from McGregor. And if “The Diamond” is able to win this Sat. night (July 10, 2021) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he’ll still get his shot at the lightweight title.

But even if Poirier bets on himself and loses, he still wins the pot.
“If I am the best in the world, then I’m gonna beat Conor and fight for the belt. It’s like doubling down on yourself,” Poirier continued. “I’m a gambling man. I believe in my skills and fighting. So I just doubled down. That’s what it was.”

Good for him. Get paid.


Would be ridiculous to expect him to do anything else.

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Love seeing this. A guy that has paid his dues now getting that big money. If he’s getting ppv points for this he’s going to be a very wealthy man. I think they come close to the most ppv buys of all time (McG vs Khabib).
Best part of all this for me, as a fan, is I’ve been big on Poirier since his UFC debut. I remember watching it and thinking he will be top dog one day. Pretty cool watching his progression into who he is today



Seeing guys like him and Masvadal raking in these giant paydays is awesome.

That’s fine, it really is.

But it was him that said he wasn’t in it for the money, he was in it for his legacy. He said the last fight was nothing more than a stepping stone to the championship.

Then when it came time to prove his words true, he chose the money.

Again, nothing wrong with that. I just don’t appreciate the “I’m in it for my legacy” act when you’re not really about it.

Hate Conor all you want, but a rising tide lifts all boats. Without Conor in the game, the pay structure shifts dramatically.

Fuck it, if I was a lightweight I’d encourage everyone to agree to take losses to him just to ensure the next man (who must also agree to lose) would be set up for his big pay day and so on…

It’s actually the more financially salient approach to fighting McGregor. Life changing money for many versus life changing money for one or two.

McGregor’s one KO away from ending ALL the red panty nights.


Dana says BACK OFF