Chael Sonnen: Conor McGregor Facing Nick Diaz More ‘Interesting’ Than Dustin Poirier

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Chael Sonnen believes there are more interesting options out there for Conor McGregor other than Dustin Poirier.

UFC president Dana White recently revealed that an offer was made for a rematch between McGregor and Poirier to take place in January. He went on to add that Poirier had accepted the offer while a response from McGregor was still being awaited.

While Sonnen is all for watching McGregor fight just about anyone — especially given his inactivity in 2020 — he is unsure if the Irishman is looking to become a contender again or is just looking for big spectacle fights. If it’s a case of the latter, he believes McGregor is better off facing someone like Nick Diaz.

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“I don’t know that I want him to take the [Poirier] fight,” Sonnen told Submission Radio (via Middle Easy). “… I just think there’s more interesting things out there. What are we doing with Nick Diaz by example?

“If Conor is looking to contend and come back for a championship, okay great. But the only one that’s saying that is Dana White. I’ve never heard Conor say that he wants to do that. … If we’re only having Conor at rare times and they’re just for fun, spectacles, let’s make it the funnest spectacle we can.”

Diaz has planned a return in 2021 and his comeback fight is guaranteed to be a huge affair given his name value. Even more so if it’s against his brother Nate’s biggest rival.

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And given that McGregor has flip flopped between what he wants to do next, Sonnen believes it makes sense for the former two-weight champion to face someone other than Poirier.

“I haven’t heard Conor do that [mention fighting for the lightweight title],” Sonnen added. “He wants to box this day, go 155 this day and go 170. It looks like he’s just having fun. I’m all for it.

“But I don’t get what’s fun about Poirier. They’ve already fought. Why are we here? What’s the point of this?”

McGregor notably defeated Poirier via first-round TKO when they met in a featherweight contest back in 2014.

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