he mutual respect that when existed between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier seems very a lot consigned to historical past because the duo proceed to construct as much as their eagerly anticipated trilogy struggle at UFC 264 this weekend.
The build-up to that earlier light-weight contest – which occurred greater than six years after McGregor’s emphatic featherweight win inside 106 seconds at UFC 178 in September 2014 – concerned a far calmer method from the Dubliner, with loads of respect proven between the pair.
Nevertheless, their rivalry has solely gone dramatically downhill from there, with a row over McGregor’s proposed $500,000 donation to Poirier’s Good Struggle Basis initially placing a trilogy bout – the winner of which is anticipated to face Brazilian Charles Oliveira for the light-weight title later this 12 months – in critical jeopardy.
After loads of social media barbs over latest months, the confrontation escalated additional on Thursday evening, when McGregor gave a extra characteristically outrageous efficiency on the closing pre-fight press convention in entrance of a raucous crowd, even making an attempt to land a kick on his opponent through the tense final staredown.
“I’m going to undergo his head, put holes in him and take it off his shoulders, that’s the aim right here,” McGregor stated earlier.
“He’s finished right here, that is it for him, that is the top of the highway.
“It’s on, Saturday evening he’s getting walked round that octagon like a canine and put to sleep.”
Persevering with the trash discuss, McGregor additionally stated: “He’s not in the identical stratosphere as me. The person seems disgraceful up right here. He seems frail at this weight now. The load lower is attending to him. He’s going out on a stretcher on this struggle.
“My mindset is I’m again on the constructing websites with a tough hat and two hammers in my palms. That’s my mindset. I’m not relishing in my previous accomplishments. I’m again.”
McGregor additionally in contrast Poirier’s win over him in January to Buster Douglas’ shock defeat of dominant boxing world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in February 1990 – one of many largest upsets in sporting historical past.
Douglas solely held the title for a complete of eight months earlier than being knocked out by Evander Holyfield throughout his first and solely defence later that 12 months.
“He’s Buster Douglas,” McGregor stated of Poirier. “It was a fluke win, and I’m going to appropriate it on Saturday evening.”