Chael Sonnen Says From a Competitive Standpoint, Nothing “Warrants” Dustin Poirier – Conor McGregor 4
By FCF Staff
UFC President Dana White has made it clear the promotion hopes to book Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor 4. But, according to Chael Sonnen, from a competitive perspective, there’s no valid reason to have the lightweights battle one more time.
McGregor faced Poirier in a rubber match at the recent UFC 264 card, and the fight was called, after the former champ broke his leg. Before McGregor incurred the horrific injury, Poirier had controlled the action from the top and had clearly won the round.
Following the event, White relayed that Poirier and McGregor should fight for a fourth time, on account of how the rubber match ended. But, while speaking to Max Kellerman more recently, Sonnen had this to say about Poirier – McGregor 4 (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“There was nothing within that five minutes that we saw that was competitive,” Sonnen said. “You used to be able to really count on Conor McGregor, and by the way, I’m not kicking a guy when he’s down, I’m just discussing what I saw. You used to count on Conor to win the stand up portion and [he was a] really hard guy to take down and you could never hold him there if you got him there. These are things you could count on.
“He’s not winning any portion of these fights, and I don’t bring that up to put him down, I bring that up to tell you there is no need, at least from a competitive architecture, there is nothing here that warrants seeing these guys do it again.”
McGregor was stopped by Poirier in the second round this past January. In their first bout, back in 2014, he finished Poirier in the opening frame. The 33-year-old has gone 1-3 in MMA bouts since 2016.