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‘Come on mate, take a break’: Conor McGregor mocked by Robert Whittaker over plans to rematch Dustin Poirier

Before UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker urged Conor McGregor to overcome his competition with Dustin Poirier.

McGregor defeated Poirier in the first round of their featherweight clash in 2014, before his opponent reverses the results this January, stopping the Irishman in the second round of their lightweight rematch.

In July, the competitors fought for the third time – again at lightweight – with McGregor breaking his leg at the end of the first round to lose due to a doctor’s discontinuation.

The Irishman angrily stressed that the pair’s rivalry was not over yet, but with Poirier challenges Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title This weekend, Whittaker said McGregor should move on and look for other fights.

“You have to ask, what are we going to see? Conor and Poirier 7, 8, 9? “The aforementioned Whittaker Fox Sports.

“Are they going to just fight each other for the rest of their careers?

“Come on mate, give it a rest,” Whittaker told McGregor, who is still recovering from the injury he sustained during his fight with Poirier in July.

Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in a five-round fight in July 2017 to claim the UFC’s interim middleweight belt, before becoming the undisputed champion when Georges St-Pierre vacated the belt in end of the year.

In July 2018, Whittaker kept the title by once again defeating Romero via decision, given the extremely close nature of the fight – and it was the pair’s first meeting – prompting many fans called for a three-part match.

Whittaker, who was wounded in each clash with Romero, never fought the Cubans a third time. The Australian, however, sympathized with compatriot Alexander Volkanovski, with whom many fans were looking forward to seeing Max Holloway for the third time – despite the score being 2-0 in Volkanovski’s favor.

The Australian comfortably overcame Holloway in December 2019 to win the UFC featherweight belt, before controversially beating the Hawaiian the following summer.

“Some people are given a lot of chances… 0-9 and they’re looking for that 10th rematch,” Volkanovski said on Fox Sports.

Whittaker jokingly added: “One hundred percent that’s what we’ll see; both Max and Alex will [fighting each other until they’re] like 43.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/ufc/conor-mcgregor-dustin-poirier-ufc-269-b1972956.html ‘Come on mate, take a break’: Conor McGregor mocked by Robert Whittaker over plans to rematch Dustin Poirier

JACLYN DIAZ

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