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Dustin Poirier: After I beat Nate Diaz, I’m fighting for the lightweight belt

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Dustin Poirier hits back at Georges St-Pierre for wanting to jump the line and fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

Georges St-Pierre recently broke his silence and revealed what his intended next career move would be. Specifically, the two-division UFC champion plans to challenge the winner of the upcoming lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.

“The thing that excites me is what can improve my legacy,” St-Pierre said. “I would be interested in (facing winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor). That’s a win-win situation, it’s a legacy upgrade, and it’s good money.”

The idea of St-Pierre jumping the line was immediately shut down by top contender Dustin Poirier, who was able to make a strong case for himself to be next in line for a title shot after defeating Eddie Alvarez two weeks ago.

“Nah, it’s not happening,” Poirier told Luke Thomas on Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “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.”

Poirier is proud of how he was able to build himself up to elite status, and as early as now, he is already assured that will be able to leave behind a noteworthy legacy.

“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.”

Poirier and Diaz will be part of UFC 230, the company’s annual New York City card which takes place on November 3rd at Madison Square Garden.