Colby Covington Urges Dustin Poirier To Take ‘Personal Grudge’ Match With Him Next

    ByRoss Markey

    Dec 14, 2021

    Former interim UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington has urged his former interim gold holder counterpart, former training partner, Dustin Poirier to make the move to welterweight off the back of his UFC 269. And accept a “personal, grudge” match with him upon his divisional switch.

    Covington, a former interim welterweight champion, suffered his second career loss to arch-rival, welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 268 last month at Madison Square Garden, dropping a unanimous decision loss to the Auchi native.

    For Poirier, the Lafayette striker dropped his second attempt at undisputed lightweight gold under the promotion’s banner on Saturday – submitting to a standing rear-naked choke against reigning lightweight best, Charles Oliveira in their T-Mobile Arena main event.

    The American Top Team mainstay has insisted that he’s unsure what the next step will be for him in his professional career, as a potential retirement shadow continues to follow the Louisianan.

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    However, despite the period of certain uncertainty, Poirier briefly spoke of a potential welterweight leap once again, in the immediate aftermath of his title challenge loss to Sao Paulo finisher, Oliveira.

    I think there’s fights at 155 and welterweight still for me,” Poirier explained. “I just don’t want to think about who or what’s next. It’s been a crazy year for me, three big fights. I’ll just go home with my family. I’m healthy, they’re healthy. Like I said, man: I’m not a stranger to this position. Nobody wants to be used to losing, but I’m used to learning. It is what it is, that’s the fight game. Try not to sit up here at another press conference and cry in front of you guys, but I’m going to continue to do what I do. Be a father, try to be a beacon of light keep grinding.

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    Off the back of Poirier’ loss to Oliveira, Covington has offered to fight him at welterweight, urging him to make the division move.

    There’s a lot of options out there,” Covington told Submission Radio. “You look at this bully that fought last night. You know, Dustin Soyrier (Poirier). Louisiana swamp trash. He said a lot things too in the media. And now he’s saying that he might come up to 170, he wants to come fight in a real man’s weight class. So this is another personal fight. These are different types of fights, man. This isn’t about rankings, this is about personal grudges and being held accountable for you actions.

    You (Poirier) said it’s on-site when I see you in the media, it’s this and that,” Covington continued. “He’s talking this big game like he’s a street fighter, he’s some badass fighter. Stop cutting all that weight, Dustin. Come up to the real man’s weight class, welterweight, and let’s do this, man. You talk too much sh*t. You know, you can bring you little jezebel of a wife, bring that little kid you use to prop, bring the whole Louisiana swamp trash family, let’s do this, man. Stop cutting all that weight, stop being a bully.

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