Having tasted bitter defeat at the hands of Conor McGregor in their UFC 178 grudge match in September; American UFC featherweight Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier (16-4) is ready to make plans and bounce back with hopes for a January return.

Early this morning the 25-year-old responded to a Twitter follower expressing his openness to a bout with top German featherweight Dennis Siver (22-9-1NC).

Siver (pictured) made his return to action at UFC Fight Night in Stockholm, Sweden on Oct. 4 having served a suspension due to failing a post-fight drug test in 2013 – showing positive results for performance enhancer HCG following a unanimous decision victory over Manny Gamburyan. ‘The Menace’ returned to face Charles Rosa who was drafted in on late notice as a replacement opponent; Siver took the unanimous decision with a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance, and in doing so edged his way into the top-10 rankings.

Poirier slipped to the #7 rank with his loss to McGregor, but remains an established top-10 contender with previous victories over Erik Koch, Diego Brandao, and Akira Corassani. It’s generally understood that the UFC avoid matching winners vs. losers, but the contest would nonetheless make sense with #10 ranked Siver having claimed victory over a much lower ranked name, and so both fighters will be keen to make a statement going forward.

Photo by Jorden Curran