Dustin Poirier has revealed he visited “both” dressing rooms to wish Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley “good luck” ahead of their boxing clash in Cleveland.
Paul defeated former UFC welterweight champion Woodley in his fifth professional contest by split-decision, after dominating large periods of the fight.
And the 24-year-old now faces a short-list of opponents he could potentially face next including British light-heavyweight Tommy Fury, and Poirier’s three-time rival Conor McGregor.
Poirier has now explained why he attended Paul’s changing room ahead of the bout, after initially being shown in fellow MMA star Woodley’s changing-room during the clash.
“I went tell both guys good luck.” Poirier posted on Twitter after the fight night.
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Paul has begun a feud with Poirier’s former opponent McGregor who ‘The Diamond’ conquered for a second time back at UFC 264, with the Irishman claiming he was “salivating” in a tweet late last night.
But the 24-year-old has told McGregor to “sober up” if he wants to secure a fight between the pair after his recovery from a broken leg injury.
“We’re on the path to a lot bigger fights. I’m salivating too, because I’m just getting warmed up,” Paul said at the post-fight conference. ” Conor McGregor has a lot more to focus on besides me right now. I’m five wins in a row. He is one and three in the past four years.
“So the guy needs to get off of his little vodka or whatever the f*** his brand is, and sober up and start to get back in the f****** gym and then we can f****** fight.
“But to be honest, no way he hits harder than Woodley, he doesn’t weigh as much as Woodley, he’s shorter than Woodley.
“I said it before the fight, I think Woodley is a harder fight than him, especially on the way he’s going, Conor’s going down, I’m going up. Woodley came in game, we will see.”
And Paul mocked McGregor by sending Poirier a “sleepy” necklace in frame with the incident where Poirier stopped the 33-year-old in the second instalment of their fight trilogy.
The American YouTuber still believes that a contest between the pair would still be a “massive fight” and previously revealed his plans to defeat the Irishman.
“He’s sort of lost that spunk and I think people are kind of second guessing him,” Paul said about McGregor in a recent interview with MMAFighting.
“He’s not the same Conor, that’s for sure, it’s not as interesting, however, I would still just like to beat him up.
“Because I would want him to freak out in the ring and go crazy and lose his s***, I think it would be funny to see him break down like how he did against Dustin Poirier.
“And by the way, it’s still a massive fight.”
The scorecards have now been unveiled from Paul’s clash with Woodley with one controversial decision in favour of Woodley in a fight that the YouTube star largely dominated.
Paul offered Woodley a rematch in the aftermath of the bout, providing that the former welterweight champion fulfils the “tattoo bet” that the pair made pre-fight.