Conor McGregor wants Dustin Poirier to square and meet him in the middle of the octagon when they fight for the third time this summer.
Their series was tied for one win per. PCS. At UFC 257 last January, when Poirier avenged a loss in September 2014 with a second round of TKO from McGregor. The two are now booked to settle the result at UFC 264 on July 10th.
Not surprisingly, the build-up to the match has begun well in advance with the two recently lobbied shots at each other via Twitter. McGregor turned to the eighth anniversary of his UFC debut, recalling the hard work that led him to the top of the UFC mountain, and he promised to take the same approach to what he calls his “comeback fight”
When Poirier responded, McGregor pointed out that he felt Poirier “backed up” in their first match and was the first to start the match. He promised that he would be “in the middle of it all” if Poirier is ready for it, and that he too “will be ready for Poirier’s tactics” this time.
Dual skills work. I also did not take rest days unless I absolutely had to. Not one. Not even a Sunday.
I will take this approach again to my comeback fight.
I did not become ufc champion with this method, but I became ufc 145 champion. Also the can warrior master.
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2021
Good to hear Dustin, I hope so. Like the last time you backed up and shot within the first 30 seconds. I want to be in the middle right from the start if you want it. You know it. I’m also ready for the tactic this time.
See you in there. https://t.co/RMiwF1rpGD
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 6, 2021
As for McGregor’s recollection of the first match, Poirier actually scored a takedown around the 30-second mark of the first round. McGregor recovered and turned the match upside down right after, putting a strong performance in the opening five minutes before succumbing to Poirier’s strike. Poirier used devastating use of calf kick to pick McGregor apart and put him away with punches at the 2:32 mark of round two.
Poirier later responded to a fan who suggested he was lucky in the rematch, saying “luck exists, but it finds out you’re working.”