Former two division UFC champion Georges St. Pierre recently stated that he would fight the winner of the UFC 229 main event, knowing that the UFC may be lukewarm to give GSP a title shot.
Dustin Poirier could be next in line for a title shot with a win over Nate Diaz at UFC 230 and Poirier wants GSP to know that he won’t be jumping ahead in the for the next opportunity at UFC gold.
“Nah, it’s not happening,” Poirier said on The MMA Hour. “Look, after I beat Nate Diaz, I’m fighting for the belt. Or I’m fighting GSP, but he’s not going to get [a title shot] before I do.”
GSP has already held two belts in the promotion (UFC Welterweight Title & UFC Middleweight Title) and has vacated both belts.
Poirier says he has never taken the easy route in the UFC, which is a major reason as to why the lightweight contender wants to get the next title shot.
“When I beat Nate Diaz and it’s my turn to fight for that belt, when I win that belt, when history looks back at all of this, nobody can ever say I didn’t earn anything,” Poirier said. “I never took the easy route. I’ve always fought the best guys. I’ve never pulled out of a fight. I’ve never missed weight. I’ve put it all on the line every time, win, lose, or draw, and that’s what I want to be left behind in my legacy. A guy who just pushed through it all and kept at it and stayed true to the path, and this is all part of my legacy.”
UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.