KEY POINTS

  • Dustin Poirier wants another fight other than a Conor McGregor rubber match
  • Poirier's trainer believes his fighter is the division's "uncrowned champion"
  • Mike Brown wants Poirier to savor glory fully before returning to action

Dustin Poirier has his sights firmly set on challenging for the UFC lightweight title after vanquishing Conor McGregor at UFC 257 last weekend.

The American went off script and recorded a come-from-behind victory over the Irishman via knockout inside two rounds to inch him closer to a potential world title shot.

“The Notorious” was humble in defeat and spoke about a trilogy fight against Poirier in the aftermath of his loss.

While McGregor is keen to dust himself off from his most recent loss, Poirier’s longtime coach Mike Brown understands the former two-division champ's desire for a rubber match.

The trainer believes that promotion could push for it after the rematch reportedly sold 1.2 million pay-per-views domestically in the United States with an additional 400,000 buys internationally, making it one of the top three selling cards of all time for the organization.

But according to Brown, closing the book on the rivalry with McGregor is not Poirier's priority at the moment.

“I think all depends on what Dustin wants,” Brown said, as quoted on MMA Fighting. “Obviously, it was big. It was [one of the biggest pay-per-viewss] of all time. That’s certainly a reason. They are split 1-1, so it does make sense in some ways.”

“But really what Dustin is fighting for is to be the world champion. I think he wants to take time, relax, enjoy his family and not think about anything right now and just enjoy it. But I know really what he wants more than anything else is to have that undisputed world champion title to his name.”

With Nurmagomedov still undecided on whether to unretire or not, Brown looks at his prized pupil as the unofficial kingpin of the 155-pound weight class.

“It kind of feels like he’s the uncrowned champion,” Brown stated. “His resume is unbelievable. Look at how many former champions he’s beaten and in this last stretch of fights."

"It’s an unbelievably tough schedule that he’s had," he continued. "He beat [Justin] Gaethje, former world champion, [Anthony] Pettis, former world champion, Eddie [Alvarez], former world champion, Conor, a two-division world champion, [and] Max Holloway, [who] was the current featherweight champion [at that time they fought].”

Knocked out: Conor McGregor Knocked out: Conor McGregor Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Harry How