Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor went face to face one last time before heading to Octagon Saturday.
At Friday’s UFC 264 ceremonial weigh-in, UFC President Dana White would not let Poirier and McGregor get anywhere near each other, and after an intense faceoff, both men gave their final thoughts on the fight.
McGregor kicked things off, and he was certainly more vicious with his words.
“In 16 hours, this man will learn that when you do not respect a person’s kindness and take it as a weakness, you have to pay,” McGregor told Joe Rogan inside the T-Mobile Arena on Friday. “Tomorrow night I will make this man pay with his life ̵
Poirier, who received a chorus of boos in Las Vegas, took McGregor’s words in a row before giving his side of things less than 24 hours removed from the biggest fight of his career.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s noise, ”Poirier said in response to McGregor’s promo. “Tomorrow night you have to tune in. I want to thank you all for the cheers and for the boos.”
The former temporary lightweight champion then shouted his personal guest at the fight week, 21-year-old Peyton Murphy, who has been in a four-year battle with osteosarcoma, a rare but devastating form of bone cancer.
Poirier, ranked No. 1 on MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, looks set to end the trilogy with two straight victories after stopping McGregor in the second round of their UFC 257 main event fight in January.
McGregor will look to avoid the first lost streak of his pro MMA career and end the rivalry his way. Number 11 ranked easily at MMA Fighting’s global ranking, stopping Poirier in the first round when they competed at UFC 178 in September 2014.