Dustin Poirier has completely distanced himself from a grudge match against former teammate, Colby Covington, claiming he would never ever fight him with financial implications on the line, as well as maintaining they would both go to jail if they ever squared off.
Poirier, a former interim lightweight champion, suffered the snapping of his three-fight winning run back in December in the main event of UFC 269 – suffering a third round standing rear-naked choke loss against the defending undisputed champion, Charles Oliveira.
For Covington, the former interim welterweight titleholder, dropped his second career loss against undisputed champion, Kamaru Usman back in November at UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden, in the form of a unanimous decision rematch blemish.
In the time since, Poirier has flirted with a welterweight division leap, and thus, has received a slew of callouts from former interim division gold holder, Covington – who has targeted both Poirier, his family, and the Good Fight Foundation as a result.
Poirier, who has welcomed another grudge pairing in the form of a matchup against rival, Nate Diaz, has completely shut the door on a welterweight matchup against past American Top Team training partner, Covington, claiming that they would just end up serving time in jail if they ever shared the Octagon.
“I’ll never fight Colby (Covington) in an Octagon where there’s finances on the line,” Dustin Poirier told assembled media. “If I fight Colby, we’re both going to jail – I’m going to jail. You will never see me fight Colby Covington in the UFC.”
Whilst Poirier has distanced himself from a bout with the Clovis native, Covington is himself slated to headline UFC 272 on March 5. against Poirier’s teammate and former friend, Jorge Masvidal in a main event bout.
Poirier has maintained that the only fight that currently interests him is a showdown with Diaz, and the latter has admitted that he is “done” fighting, and has urged the UFC and Dana White to book him a “retirement” clash with the Lafayette puncher.