The wait is finally coming to an end as the highly-anticipated trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is scheduled to take place on July 11, Sunday (IST 7:30 AM onwards). After 'The Notorius' won the first bout between the two of them in September, 2014, 'The Diamond' took his revenge by registering a win in January last year. With two knockouts to their name each, the duo is set to fight it out in what has been termed as the ultimate decider - The Trilogy Fight.
I believe in my skills in fighting: Dustin Poirier
Ahead of the UFC 264 clash, Dustin Poirier also opened up on his decision to challenge McGregor. In a conversation with ESPN, Poirier said, “I made that decision pretty easily. If I’m the best in the world then I’m going to beat Conor and fight for the belt. It’s like doubling down on yourself. I’m a gambling man and I believe in my skills in fighting, so I just doubled down”.
While McGregor termed Poirier's win in UFC 257 a 'fluke', the war of words began between the duo. Reacting on the same, the American fighter said, "That’s what losers do – they scramble to find something to stand on, and that’s what he’s doing. But it doesn’t matter. I got my hand raised. It’s a fight.”
Conor McGregor looks hungry and destructive as ever before
It seems like the Irish MMA fighter is not really happy with the sequence of events since his loss to Poirier in January 2020. Ahead of the deciding fight, McGregor sent out a stern warning to his opponent claiming that he will have to pay heavily at UFC 264.
Inside the T-Mobile Arena on Friday, Conor McGregor said, "This man (Poirier) is going to learn that when you disrespect a person’s kindness and take it as a weakness, you must pay. Tomorrow night, I’m gonna make this man pay with his life — and I mean it. You’re dead in that octagon tomorrow night.”