- UFC 264 press conference saw Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor take to the mics.
- Irishman kicked out at Poirier during face off in lead up Saturday night’s main-event.
- Poirier responds.
Just in case this weekend’s UFC 264 main event between lightweights Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor needed any more hype, Thursday night saw both fighters take to the mics in the bout’s eagerly anticipated press conference.
Both fighters currently hold a win over one another, with McGregor’s first-round demolition over Poirier coming all the way back in 2014 and his opponent’s leveler coming earlier this year.
Despite being offered the chance to fight Charles Oliviera for the lightweight title following his January win over McGregor, Poirier opted to pursue a trilogy bout against the Irish superstar.
With UFC 264 now just a matter of hours away, both men, who recently went toe-to-toe verbally during the press conference, saw McGregor unleash a barrage of scathing attacks.
I’m going to go through his head. Put holes in him and take it off his shoulders. That’s the goal here. He’s done. This is it for him. This is the end of the road. Even after that last fight, ‘Oh I don’t love this anymore, I don’t love doing this.’ He knew what was coming. He knew the smacks he took.Conor McGregor to Dustin Poirier during UFC 264 press conference
So it’s on now. Saturday night, he’s getting walked around that octagon like a dog and put to sleep.
Poirier Responds to McGregor Kick Out
Following the pair’s relentless war-of-words, both lightweights were forced to square off for the first time.
Held apart by UFC president Dana White, Poirier was arguably the more composed fighter with McGregor seemingly eager to lash out at his rival.
While squaring off and exchanging yet more words, McGregor kicked out at his American opponent, forcing the security to direct him off the stage.
Speaking to ESPN (as quoted by the Mirror), Poirier has now responded to McGregor’s recent attempts to hurt him during their face-off.
Dana [White] said he got kneed in the stomach, the shot hit him.Dustin Poirier responding to Conor McGregor’s kick during UFC 264 press conference
It’s cute man, have fun, I’m going to be doing the real kicking on Saturday night.
He’s doing himself a disservice by not reassessing everything and figuring out what really went wrong, that’s what losers do, they scramble to find something to stand on.
That’s what he’s doing, but it doesn’t matter – I got my hand raised and it’s a fight.