Conor McGregor explains what he noticed during Dustin Poirier … Fri, 09 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0100-Conor McGregor says his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 will be "the end of the road" for the American.
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Conor McGregor said his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 will be “the end of the road” for the American.
After reverting to trash talking at the press conference for Saturday's lightweight bout in Las Vegas, the Irishman aimed a kick at Poirier, 32.
Poirier said McGregor's “aura's not there anymore” after beating the former two-weight world champion in January to avenge his 2014 loss.
“He's done here, this is it for him,” said McGregor, also 32.
The pair showed mutual respect before and after their rematch at UFC 257, but back was the bravado and name-calling from 'the Notorious'.
It took two members of UFC security to help president Dana White keep the fighters apart at the T-Mobile Arena, with McGregor throwing bottles of Poirier's Louisiana hot sauce off the stage.
McGregor briefly held the lightweight title after beating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 to become the first UFC fighter to be world champion in two weight divisions simultaneously.
After that fight, he infamously said “I'd like to take this chance to apologise… to absolutely nobody”.
“I'm an evolution of that guy,” he added on Thursday. “I'm better than that man. I feel like I've come full circle and I look forward to showing it.
“That night was widely regarded as the single greatest performance in UFC history. This performance on Saturday night, I'm going to top it.”
Poirier has admitted McGregor “got into my head” in a heated build-up to their first fight in 2014, which McGregor won in under two minutes.
When they met again before UFC 257, McGregor seemed a changed man after rising to superstar status and returning to the octagon following his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and a brief retirement.
McGregor pledged to donate $500,000 (£367,000) to the Good Fight Foundation, a charity Poirier runs with his wife Jolie.
Poirier also has his own brand of Louisiana hot sauce and McGregor said he was “delighted” to receive a bottle from Poirier at the weigh-in.
This time round, McGregor said he “didn't touch” that bottle yet called the sauce “garbage”. He said “your wife is your husband” and chanted “Jolie's wife, Jolie's wife”.
He also said Poirier was James 'Buster' Douglas, the 42-1 underdog who pulled off one of sport's greatest upsets by beating Mike Tyson in 1990.
“He's going to be known for that,” said McGregor. “It was a fluke win and I'm going to correct it on Saturday night.”
Poirier responded by saying “I don't hate anybody up here. I'm in a different place mentally. Respect to him and everything that he's done.”
And when one reporter pointed out to McGregor that he had won one fight since Barack Obama was US president (January 2017), he said “shut your mouth, I'll smash your nose in, you little rat”.
Asked why fans should expect anything different after being knocked out in the second round in January, McGregor ignored the question.
UFC 264 'the end' for Poirier – McGregor Fri, 09 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0100-The Irishman believes he now has the advantage heading into Saturday's rematch with his long-time American rival Poirier.
The Irishman believes he now has the advantage heading into Saturday’s rematch with his long-time American rival Poirier
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Conor McGregor believes he saw “fragility” in Dustin Poirier when they faced off last night at the UFC 264 press conference.
The pair hadn't seen one another since their rematch in January, when Poirier brutally stopped the Irishman in the second round.
And when asked what he saw during their heated face-off, McGregor said simply: “Fragility”.
Both men tried to come out on top in the verbal warfare last night, and despite a particularly aggressive McGregor showing, it seems the American was largely unaffected by what happened.
There were jabs about his wife Jolie, as well as a number of comments regarding his background and hometown, and at times it did seem like Poirier may be rattled.
But he generally was able to keep his composure, despite President Dana White's concerns on the main podium standing between them.
“You're getting walked like a dog in that octagon,” McGregor said in a vicious rant towards Poirier in front of a crowd of thousands in Vegas.
“This is my bread and butter, this is what wakes me up in the morning with fire in my belly,” he added. “Errors to correct, tactics to prepare for, I've had a great camp and a great focus on the opponent.
“I'm going to go through his head, put holes in it and take it off his shoulders. He's done here, this is it for him, it's the end of the road.
“Saturday night he's getting walked around that octagon like a dog and put to sleep.
“This will be beautiful, it will be another feather in the cap, it's what I love to do. I love to come in here, defy the odds, do the unthinkable and put on a show.”
But Poirier had a few jabs of his own on the night, mocking his rival's fitness program 'McGregor FAST', telling him on Saturday night that he'd be using the 'McGregor SLEEP' program, and reiterating that he had in fact won the last fight.
Prior to the pair's first meeting, Poirier infamously let slip that he had never disliked an opponent more than McGregor, and has admitted the Irishman was in his head.
But he appeared mostly composed, and it was actually McGregor who almost made things physical in the heated staredown following the questions portion of the event.
The Irishman also compared Poirier to Buster Douglas, who famously upset Mike Tyson to win the world heavyweight boxing title in early 1990.
McGregor claimed that once he stops his opponent on Saturday night, his legacy will boil down to being someone who pulled off a shock win over Conor McGregor.
“I don't give a f*** about him to be honest,” McGregor told the press at the event. “I don't give a rat's a** about him.
“He's Buster Douglas is what he is, and that's the way he's gonna go down – he's going to be known for that.
“It was a fluke win and I'm going to correct it on Saturday night.”
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– July 9, 2021
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