Conor McGregor has already received two offers of a fight at UFC 264 after scrapping plans to face Dustin Poirier following a row on social media.
Poirier had hit out at McGregor on Twitter over the Irishman’s alleged failure to deliver the $500,000 he promised to his opponent’s foundation ahead of their bout back in January.
The two lightweights were due to hold a trilogy showdown on July 10, but McGregor has now pulled out of the proposed clash in fury over Poirier’s attempts at “smearing my name”.
Whether McGregor is actually planning not to fight Poirier is unclear, but two other fighters have now thrown their hat into the ring as possible replacements to face him.
Rising star Michael Chandler already has an upcoming bout against Charles Oliveira on May 15 to contest the UFC lightweight title, but already has his sights set on a match-up with McGregor in quick succession.
“May 15 and July 10…book it! #backtoback,”
He’s not the only fighter looking for a lucrative potshot at UFC’s biggest draw however, as Kevin Lee – currently ranked 13th in the lightweight division – has also expressed an interest.
“Lemme fit in this bih @TheNotoriousMMA @danawhite. I can be ready July 10,”
The final decision will rest with UFC president Dana White, who will be keen to get Poirier and McGregor back in the Octagon for the third instalment of their rivalry.
But that could prove difficult given how furious McGregor was during their war of words.
“You’re ripped you inbred hillbilly. Why do you wink with your ears? You f***ing brain dead hillbilly,” McGregor tweeted. “500k with no plan in place. Ye hang tight. Fool. You must be new to money.
“The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid.”
His manager Audie Attar then added further context to McGregor’s comments by calling out Poirier for his “low move”.
“Dustin! Why you frontin? Did you forget the face to face meeting we just had in Utah with our families? Where we stood by you as you tried to get more $ from the UFC?” Attar tweeted.
“Conor is as generous as it gets. Don’t dismiss his business savvy. He always gets it done. This is a low move man.”
Poirier responded: “His team hasn’t responded to our emails about anything involving my foundation after they reached out to us originally. All good, Dinner and talk was great but don’t get on Twitter and be a tough guy lol.”