Dustin Poirier names fighter Conor McGregor should face in UFC return

After getting the better of the 'Notorious' in their own trilogy, Dustin Poirier has named who he wants to see his latest opponent face next, and insists it'd end in a knockout.

Conor McGregor's last appearance in the octagon came in 2021 during UFC 264, when the Irishman suffered a broken leg against Dustin Poirier.

It sealed the trilogy for the 33-year-old American, who has now pinpointed who he wants McGregor to face on his return to the UFC.

Having now recovered from his leg injury, McGregor is eyeing up a return to the octagon, but is still searching for the right opponent.

Poirier has chimed in to help him pick, with 'The Diamond' wanting McGregor to go for a "head-on collision" in his next bout.

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"Justin Gaethje versus the return of Conor McGregor," Poirier suggested.

"The hype, the build-up - somebody's going to sleep. I mean, you're tuning in for a car wreck, a head-on collision, and I wanna see it."

Boasting a 23-4 UFC record, it's hard to argue against Gaethje being a worthy opponent for McGregor's comeback fight, and pitting two of the most talented strikers against each other is bound to produce fireworks.

Known as "The highlight", Gaethje is famous for his ability to entertain, even in defeat. As a former interim champion, Gaethje will want to get his hands on the belt, but a big-money fight against McGregor is tough for any fighter to turn down.

Plus, coming off a defeat to Charles Oliveira, Gaethje will no doubt look to rebound in a big way during his next appearance in the octagon.

With Poirier seemingly ruling himself out of a fourth fight against McGregor, is Gaethje the right man to welcome McGregor back to the UFC?

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