Dustin Poirier has responded to former opponent Justin Gaethje's latest request for a rematch following UFC 286.
After defeating Michael Chandler in their "Fight of the Year" candidate last November, Poirier is awaiting his next UFC duty.
Poirier occupies an odd position at the top of the UFC lightweight division. At 155 pounds, he has lost two title fights, although against former champions Khabib Nurmagomedov and Oliveira.
Poirier is still one of the best fighters in the world and is well-known in the UFC despite his defeats in title fights. He may have an opponent that matches his passion for an explosive collision inside the Octagon as he seeks to continue his third attempt at winning the UFC championship.
Gaethje demanded a rematch with Poirier following his victory over Rafael Fiziev at UFC286. He also suggested other potential opponents.
Poirier recently showed interest in a rematch with Gaethje in an interview with FanSided MMA.
"It's a fight that makes me nervous," Poirier said. "When I hear a name, and I get nervous, it's motivation. Those are the kind of fights that I want. Same thing with Chandler, when I heard Chandler's name, I was nervous because I knew the dangers of those kinds of fights, and that's what motivates me."
"Same thing with Justin. If they do call me, and he's the name that they say, maybe it happens. We'll see."