- Conor McGregor has opened as a -140 betting favorite in a potential 2021 trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier.
- Poirier meanwhile is a -200 odds on favorite if he fights Michael Chandler next, and a -160 against Charles Oliveira.
- During the post UFC 257 interviews, Poirier said he prefers fighting McGregor or Nate Diaz next.
Conor McGregor was knocked out for the first time in his career last weekend. He could be out for six months due to a medical suspension but despite all those, oddsmakers still have him as the betting favorite in a 2021 trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier.
McGregor entered Saturday’s UFC 257 as a -340 betting favorite to beat Poirier, who came back as the +275 underdog. But to everyone’s shock, the Diamond stunned McGregor via second round knockout. Still, the oddsmakers weren’t too impressed with Poirier’s win. Or is it just McGregor?
According to online sportsbook BetOnline, the Notorious is a -140 betting favorite to beat Porier in a third bout, should that happen this year. Poirier, who is coming off the biggest win of his career, is currently listed at +120 by the same online bookie, if he decides to give McGregor another shot in 2021.
But an immediate rematch between the two may not be on the UFC’s plans, or even McGregor’s.
What the UFC Wants
Dustin Poirier opens up as a favorite in potential fights against both Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira:
Michael Chandler +170 (17/10)
Dustin Poirier -200 (1/2)
Charles Oliveira +140 (7/5)
Dustin Poirier -160 (5/8)
(odds via @betonline_ag) pic.twitter.com/ZwjEOWqSJI
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 26, 2021
If Khabib Nurmagomedov is indeed done with fighting in the UFC, then the next fight to make for Dustin Poirier would be against either Charles Oliveira or Michael Chandler for the undisputed UFC lightweight belt. At least, that’s what the UFC could be plotting right now.
Chandler had an auspicious debut at UFC 257 as he stopped the no. 6 ranked Dan Hooker. With the win, Chandler put himself in a position to possibly fight for the title, as he was a former lightweight champion at Bellator. However, Poirier didn’t sound too interested in fighting Chandler, even saying that he’d rather sell hot sauce than fight the former Bellator lightweight champion. Nevertheless, UFC Betting Sites have the Diamond as a -200 betting favorite if he fights Chandler.
Oliveira is the no. 3 ranked lightweight and among the current contenders, he is the most worthy of a title shot. The 31-year old Brazilian has won eight consecutive fights, including seven via stoppage. Do Bronx is coming off a one-sided beatdown of former interim champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 256. If the Diamond ends up fighting Oliveira, Poirier is a -160 betting favorite to beat the Brazilian.
What Poirier Wants
Poirier eyes McGregor trilogy bout, Nate Diaz after win. https://t.co/qWBImUqlVi pic.twitter.com/836CS5Y96f
— theScore (@theScore) January 24, 2021
During the post UFC 257 interviews, Poirier was asked who he would like to fight next and while he didn’t specifically call out anybody, he mentioned the names of McGregor and Nate Diaz as his preferred opponents. Poirier also guaranteed that he won’t be fighting Michael Chandler next.
A trilogy bout with McGregor isn’t a bad idea. After all, they are 1-1 with one KO each against each other. McGregor agreed to give him a rematch, Dustin should return the favor. With the respect they showed last weekend, this fight is very probable, if it’s what Mcgregor wants next. Although the talk of Pacquiao vs. McGregor has evaporated since Conor’s KO, there’s still a chance that the Notorious will fight in the boxing ring next. If not, he’ll likely go after Poirier the way he went after Nate Diaz after getting submitted in their first bout.
Then there is Nate Diaz who also tried to enter the picture by calling out Poirier. But while Poirier mentioned his name, Nate won’t do anything for Dustin’s career. The UFC may not be interested in doing this fight and Poirier may not be too serious about wanting to fight Diaz either. For now, Poirier wants to rest but once the smoke clears, look for McGregor to try and force his way to a trilogy bout with Poirier. After UFC 257 reportedly fetched 1.6M PPV buys, the UFC will have a hard time saying no.