Conor McGregor went after Dustin Poirier earlier than their prefight press convention even started Thursday.
As McGregor and Poirier stepped onto the stage for the occasion in Las Vegas, the 32-year-old Irishman grabbed a bottle of Poirier’s Louisiana Type Scorching Sauce that was on show. He proceeded to dump the contents of the bottle onto the stage earlier than getting in Poirier’s face.
UFC president Dana White and occasion workers needed to separate the 2 fighters.
That was just the start of a barrage of insults from McGregor. He largely averted trash speak earlier than their second struggle, however he held nothing again throughout Thursday’s presser.
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All in an effort to get into Poirier’s head.
“I’m gonna go through his head, put holes in it and take it off its shoulders. That’s the goal here,” McGregor mentioned. “He’s doomed here. This is it for him. This is the end of the road. . . . Saturday night he’s getting walked around that Octagon like a dog and put to sleep.”
McGregor’s barbs weren’t solely aimed toward Poirier. He additionally took aim at a reporter in a pink suit who requested him about profitable only one struggle since former President Barack Obama was in workplace, calling the reporter “a little rat” amongst different NSFW insults.
Largely, although, McGregor tried to rattle Poirier. He even in contrast him to a fighter who earned one of many greatest upsets in boxing historical past.
“I don’t give a f— about him. I don’t give a rat’s ass about him,” McGregor mentioned of Poirier. “He’s Buster Douglas. It was a fluke win, and I’m gonna correct it on Saturday night.”
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Poirier took McGregor’s trash speak in stride but in addition punched again now and again. His greatest response got here when McGregor was requested why he went from unusually form to very aggressive towards Poirier in a matter of months.
“Because he got knocked the f— out,” Poirier mentioned. “Not McGregor fast, McGregor sleep.”
Certainly, Poirier knocked McGregor out within the second spherical of their January rematch. McGregor believes he is able to bounce again, and he promised that he would one-up what many imagine to be his best efficiency.
“That night was the single greatest performance in UF history — widely regarded — the night I won the second world title in Madison Square Garden,” McGregor mentioned of his TKO of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. “This performance on Saturday night, I’m gonna top it.”