UFC Milwaukee: Kevin Lee Says Conor McGregor Would be Taking Step “Backward” if he Fights Dustin Poirier
By FCF Staff
UFC President Dana White has said that he believes a fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier makes sense, and recently Kevin Lee weighed-in on the proposed bout.
McGregor faced Poirier back in 2014 and knocked the latter out in the opening round. Since then, however, Poirier has moved up to lightweight and has gone 8-1, with 1 no-contest. As a result, the veteran is currently ranked #3 in the lightweight division, while the former champ McGregor is #2.
When asked about the possibility of McGregor – Poirier 2, in advance of UFC Milwaukee, Lee said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“If Conor’s going to take a step backward and fight a man he already knocked out in the first round at 145 (pounds) – if he needs that steps backward to get himself feeling good again so that they can try and make some more money off him, then that’s on him,” Lee said.
“But I put Poirier in another category. He’s in the more ‘fun fight’ category with Nate Diaz and some of these older guys that are just out there to have fun. I’m out here chasing titles.”
McGregor is coming off a submission loss to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October. Lee, meanwhile, is booked to fight Al Iaquinta tonight at UFC Milwaukee.