Conor McGregor has called for more respect from Dustin Poirier after the American called for a rematch between the pair.
Poirier has set his sights on McGregor in the wake of his convincing defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 last Saturday.
The 30-year-old Louisiana native wrote on Twitter: “I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point.”
McGregor beat Poirier at UFC 178 back in 2014, when they were competing in the featherweight division, with a devastating first-round TKO.
And the Irishman was keen to remind his former opponent of that fight, while stoking the flames for a potential rematch.
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He replied to the tweet: “I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro. You should have spoke my name with a bit more respect in that build up. ‘McGregor’s not next’ Motherf*cker, it’s McGregor always! McGregor is the goal! Always! Say that now and I’ll think about it. #GoneIn90seconds #NicCage #AJolie.”
McGregor is plotting a return to the Octagon after almost a year away from the sport.
He hasn’t fought since his defeat by Nurmagomedov last October, and the Irishman claims he will happily face anyone at this point.
“I’m not going to wait around [for Nurmagomedov],” he said ahead of UFC 242.
“If Dustin goes in and does it [beats Nurmagomedov] then it’s Dustin, it could be Nate, Jorge [Masvidal], I don’t know what size.
“[I’ll fight] Anyone, Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, [Max] Hollaway rematch, [Jose] Aldo rematch, there’s so many bouts for me, so many.
“It doesn’t matter about who, it just matters me getting back in there and being who I am, not a shell of myself.”