CONOR McGREGOR has slammed Dustin Poirier after the UFC ace claimed he’d rather fight Khabib Nurmagomedov than the Dubliner.
Poirier suffered a first round defeat to McGregor back in 2014 in the early stages of their UFC careers.
And yesterday the American claimed he would rather face Russian star Khabib again – to try and hand him his first career defeat.
He explained: “If the belts weren’t on the line, just for my legacy, I would love to beat Khabib.
“Nobody’s ever beat him. Nobody’s ever climbed that mountain. I would love to be the first one. That’s historic. That’s legendary.
“That’s the stuff I’m out to do. I’m not out for rematches and grudge matches and revenge.
“I’m a grown man, I don’t hold that stuff in my heart. I have a family and this is a business to me.
“When I was younger, I might have wanted to fight Conor or fight anybody who beat me. But I’m just comfortable with everything.
“I’m comfortable with my record, with the stuff that I’ve done, the fights I’ve done.”
However McGregor hit out at Poirier for his choice claiming a fight against him would be more punishing than facing Khabib.
He wrote: “Ministry of the bleedin obvious.
“Getting concussed, slept, and fed to the canvas, is infinite times worse than being held and caught in a submission hold.”
McGregor last month announced his retirement from the UFC, having not fought since January, as the fight game no longer excites him.
However his coach John Kavanagh hinted at a move up to the middleweight division after McGregor posted a photo of himself looking ripped on Instagram.
McGregor made the move up to welterweight for his comeback fight against Donald Cerrone having only fought at that weight twice before in his UFC career.
However Kavanagh previously admitted that he believed McGregor was officially retired and that he ‘can’t do s**t’ to convince him to return.
He said: “Is Conor retired? Yes, he is as far as I can tell. That’s what he said, isn’t it?
“I can’t convince Conor to do s**t. Conor will tell Conor what he’s gonna do.
“And who knows? Who knows what’s gonna happen in the future. But, as for now, he’s retired.”