Dustin Poirier claims Conor McGregor is better off fighting him than Tony Ferguson – as Irishman pushes for 2020 clash

DUSTIN POIRIER has claimed Conor McGregor is better off fighting him than Tony Ferguson if he wants a shot at the title.

The Irishman, 32, is ready to come out of retirement to fight Poirier – but he has insisted that it must take place this year.

Tony Ferguson called McGregor an 'international terrorist' and labelled Poirier a 'sell out' after the pair agreed to fight.

But Poirier, 31, has insisted the Notorious has picked the right fighter to face on his return to the Octagon.

The American told the UFC podcast: "Look at it from his side, for sure there's some upside there.

"Khabib said if him or Tony beat me that he would give them a shot at the title, so if that holds any weight, he's looking at that.

"I don't know what his [McGregor's] ambition is, I don't know how hungry he is to be the UFC lightweight world champion.

"If it is, a fight with me makes a lot of sense to get the next title shot."

McGregor initially challenged Poirier to a charity fight in Ireland.

But the UFC have followed up by offering them a rematch in the Ocatgon.

After the fight was agreed, McGregor tweeted: "Hello Dustin! I accepted the UFC offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020.

"I'm ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th.

"I'll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation."

The pair first fought in 2014 at featherweight when McGregor beat his rival.

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