Dustin Poirier Insists Colby Covington Won’t Make Money Off His Name: ‘It’s Still On Sight’

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 13, 2022
    Dustin Poirier

    Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has echoed claims that he would not fight former American Top Team teammate, Colby Covington in the UFC with financial implications, insisting the former interim welterweight champion will not net himself earnings off his name.

    Poirier, a former interim lightweight champion, most recently featured in the main event of UFC 269, suffering an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke loss to undisputed champion, Charles Oliveira in an unsuccessful tilt at minting himself as the undisputed king of the lightweights.

    In the time since, Poirier has stressed his interest in rebooking a failed prior matchup against veteran Stockton favorite, Nate Diaz, however, at the time of publication, a bout has failed to materialize.

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    The Louisianan has also flirted with a welterweight division excursion in a bid to secure a grudge match with Diaz, and thus, has attracted the attention of recent UFC 272 headliner, Colby Covington – who issued a callout to Poirier following his one-sided main event win over Jorge Masvidal.

    When asked before Covington’s victory over Masvidal if a welterweight clash against the outspoken Clovis native interested him, Poirier insisted he would never fight Covington under the UFC’s banner, with financial implications on the line.

    In a tweet that now appears to have been deleted, Poirier insisted that it still remains “on sight” if he runs into Covington in public.

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    “He’s (Colby Covington) not making money off my name,” Dustin Poirier tweeted in response to another Twitter user. “It’s still on sight you f*cking sheep.”

    Appearing on the post-fight show following UFC Vegas 50, Poirier, who cornered A.J. Fletcher at the event, claimed that Covington’s constant callouts issued to him were “cute”.

    “It’s cute,” Dustin Poirier said. “It’s all good, it is what it is. People want big fights. That’s a big fight. He wants a big fight. Obviously, he’s not in line for a 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’ve got to fight welterweight contenders.”

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    “I don’t know what I’m doing, if I’m going to welterweight, if I’m staying at (155lbs), we’ll see,” Dustin Poirier said. “It is what it is.”

    Touching on the subject of a fight with the aforenoted, Diaz next, Poirier insisted that a showdown with the Californian veteran is more likely than a matchup with Covington next.

    “Nate Diaz is the fight I want,” Dustin Poirier said. “I’ve been watching him and his brother (Nick Diaz) forever so it’s exciting for me. The matchup would be fun for the fans. That’s more likely than the Colby fight. This summer, I think it’s going to happen.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)