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Dustin Poirier slams Irish 'groupies,' willing to sacrifice spot in rankings to 'clean up' Conor McGregor

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Because "The Diamond" wants to silence "Notorious" for the entire 145-pound weight class and prove to the world that the Irishman isn't who they they think he is.

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I take it he knows who he is now.

A feud between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contenders Dustin Poirier and record-setting Conor McGregor has been brewing for quite some time, as "The Diamond" was one of the first men to ever feel the "Notorious" verbal wrath of the spunky Irishman.

And with Conor's first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory at UFC Fight Night 46 this past weekend (Sat., July 19, 2014) in Dublin, Ireland, over Diego Brandao (video), a potential showdown between the two could be headed to UFC 178 on Sept. 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An very heated Poirier stopped by The MMA Hour to talk about his feud with McGregor and his wish to silence him once and for all, despite the fact that he thinks he needs to be taking on the creme of the crop at featherweight.

Check it out:

"I mean, come on man. The guy runs his mouth too much. Right off the bat I'm fired up about this guy. I've been in this division since the WEC merged (with UFC), I've paid my dues and I've stayed quiet and busted my ass day in and day out. I've won the fights that I've needed to win, I've had some tough fights. I feel like I need to be up there. I need to be up there where people are talking about me. His name in the same sentence as featherweight title should never come out of anybody's mouth. I can't believe the hype this guy is getting man. I think he is over-hyped, no doubt about it, 100 percent. And to tell you the honest truth, I feel like I should be fighting Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and Cub Swanson again. I should be fighting the top guys. But, I've asked for those fights and I haven't got them. What should I do?"

This guy feels your pain, Dustin.

Arguably one of the more popular fighters on the UFC roster today, McGregor has made quite a name for himself thanks to his knack for talking up a good game, and backing it up, too.

Which is the very reason why Poirier is glad to take a fight against him.

His words:

"That's why I'm doing this. That's why I'm saying let's fight. He says he's the real deal and all of these groupies think he's the real deal, so let's get in there and find out, man. I'll be the judge of how good he is. [Irish fans are] definitely passionate about their guys. Twitter has a limit of blocks you can do, but I think I'm close. I've been getting so many hate messages. But that's cool, I love it, build him up, it's going to be a lot sweeter when I stand over him. This guy is not who you think he is. I'm the man in this division, I am very confident in my skills that I'm more dangerous than ever. This guy says he's going to take everyone's head off, well come get it Conor, I'm waiting. I'm ready. I want it to be a five-round fight. I want to show my heart and want him to show his and I'm going to be victorious, I know it."

He continues:

"Like I said man, I want the big fights, I want the title, but these hands are working hands and sometimes you have to get them dirty and I'll go to the back of line to clean this guy up."

A fight against McGregor is one Dustin says he was willing to take after Cole Miller was forced to bow out due to injury. But as Dustin revealed, UFC never approached him and instead opted to give the bout to Brandao, a man Poirier also recently defeated.

Both guys want it and the fans want it, but will UFC matchmakers do their part to make it happen?