Conor McGregor suffered the first knockout loss of his career when he faced Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January, but his confidence appears unaffected following his latest jab at “The Diamond.”
Poirier inflicted a second-round TKO defeat upon “Notorious” in their rematch, avenging his own stoppage loss to McGregor when they first met as featherweights back in 2014.
The pair will face off once more at lightweight to settle their trilogy at UFC 264 on July 10. Another defeat would see McGregor suffer back-to-back MMA defeats for the first time in his career, while Poirier is targeting a 12th win in 15 fights since he first lost to the Irishman nearly seven years ago.
McGregor mocked his upcoming opponent and said he has “these clowns sussed” after falling victim to Poirier’s leg-kick assault when they clashed in Abu Dhabi:
The 32-year-old tweeted: "July 10th I will do this absolutely flawlessly. We have these clowns sussed and fully!
“They wanna play a game of tactics? No problem, see you in there.
"You’ve awoken a beast. A beast with the backing of a much higher power!
"Say your prayers."
The rivals got into a public row following their second bout when Poirier criticised McGregor for not fulfilling his alleged vow to donate half a million dollars to his non-profit organisation, The Good Fight Foundation.
That part of their feud has since been settled after McGregor gave $500,000 to a children’s charity in Poirier’s hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, though not The Good Fight Foundation.
The Notorious praised his opponent for the tactics he deployed in their most recent run-in and admitted in his post-fight interview that an early wave of calf kicks took their toll: “That low calf kick was very good, my leg was dead and I wasn't as comfortable as I wanted to be.
“Dustin is some fighter. I have to dust it off and come back and that is what I will do.”
Both fighters have suffered submission losses to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in recent years. Poirier’s title-fight defeat was just his third since mid-2013—a run of 18 fights—whereas McGregor has that many losses in his last six outings.
A 40-second victory over Donald Cerrone in January 2020 counts as McGregor’s sole MMA victory since he beat Eddie Alvarez to be crowned UFC lightweight champion in November 2016.
Poirier has been significantly more active and amassed a 7-1-1NC record since the start of 2017, but settling the war with McGregor once and for all would be his biggest achievement to date.
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