Conor McGregor attempts to KICK Dustin Poirier as UFC pair come face to face for the first time since Irishman’s Fight Island defeat… but the American is left unfazed by his rival’s antics ahead of UFC 264
- Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier came face to face ahead of UFC 264
- Poirier, 32, knocked out McGregor, also 32, on Fight Island earlier this year
- The Irishman has ramped up his war of words but Poirier was left unfazed
- The American won the biggest response with a stinging remark towards his rival
- McGregor attempted to kick Poirier when they squared off on Thursday night
Conor McGregor kicked out at Dustin Poirier as the Irishman ramped up his war of words with his rival ahead of their showdown at UFC 264, but The Diamond was unfazed by the Irishman’s antics.
McGregor, 32, is bidding to avenge his Fight Island defeat by Poirier, also 32, when the pair meet for a third time in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with the Notorious in need of a win having lost two of his last three UFC fights.
The former two-weight world champion was full of pleasantries ahead of their fight in January, but has now regained his edge and has launched a number of stinging remarks towards the Louisianan in the past six months.
Conor McGregor lashed out at Dustin Poirier with a kick ahead of their UFC 264 showdown
And McGregor attempted to get inside his rival’s head when they met for the first time since January at their press conference on Thursday.
‘You’re getting walked like a dog in that octagon on Saturday night!’, McGregor exclaimed.
‘You’re only a little b****. Your wife is your husband.
‘You’re only a little b**** of a thing, a silly little hillbilly. Jolie’s wife! You little b**** of a thing.’
The audience in attendance in Sin City responded well to McGregor’s taunts, but Poirier – who admitted to being rattled by his rival when they met in 2014 – was left unimpressed by McGregor’s comments.
The lightweight rivals came face to face for the first time since UFC 257 on Fight Island
McGregor upped the ante with his war of words, labelling Poirier a ‘silly little hillbilly’
‘You used to be a lot better than that,’ Poirier said. ‘The trash talk was a lot better than that. F***ing weak.’
Despite his best efforts to unsettle his rival, it was Poirier who won the biggest response from the crowd when interjecting to answer a question directed at McGregor.
When asked why the former two-weight world champion’s demeanour has changed so drastically between fights, Poirier quipped: ‘Because he got knocked the f*** out. ‘Not McGregor fast [the Irishman’s training programme]… McGregor sleep.’
Fans have been hoping to see the same McGregor that stormed to the summit of the UFC in 2016 with exhilarating, picture-perfect performances, when he competes on Saturday night.
Poirier, though, was left unfazed and won the biggest response from the crowd with a quip
The American said that McGregor’s attitude has changed because ‘he got knocked the f*** out’
The Irishman stressed that he is looking forwards and is ‘back on the building sites, with a hard hat, a high viz and two hammers in my hands’.
‘I’m going to go through his head,’ McGregor added of Poirier, who he compared to Buster Douglas. ‘Put holes in him and take it off his shoulders. That’s the goal here.
‘He’s done. This is it for him. This is the end of the road.
‘Even after that last fight, “Oh I don’t love this anymore, I don’t love doing this.” He knew what was coming. He knew the smacks he took.
‘So it’s on now. Saturday night, he’s getting walked around that octagon like a dog and put to sleep.’
The stakes are high as McGregor seeks to avoid making it a third defeat in four in Sin City
Poirier once again played down McGregor’s remarks, insisting that he has put in the work where the Irishman has let his foot off the gas.
‘He said he is just putting his hammers on, his hard hat… my boots have been strapped for the last 10 years, I have been working my a** off,’ Poirier said.
‘I beat him. It’s a fight. It’s up to you to get prepared. I beat him. What’s his excuse going to be on Saturday is what I want to know.’
McGregor and Poirier ended the press conference by squaring off in front of UFC president Dana White.
The Irishman again attempted to rile Poirier by lashing out with a kick but the American wryly smiled in McGregor’s direction.