McGregor vs Poirier: Enthralling trilogy bout turns sour after expletive exchange
Conor McGregor has launched a confounding attack on Dustin Poirier through social media ahead of their highly anticipated trilogy bout, projected to take place in Las Vegas on July 10th.
The two esteemed combat athletes have become entangled in a dispute after Poirier accused the Irishman of failing to come good on his promise of a donation of $500,000 to his charity after the previous meeting.
McGregor retaliated with an obscene Twitter rant, branding Poirier a ‘fool’ before declaring: “The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid.”
Since the heated exchange between the pair, UFC president Dana White has quashed any doubts concerning the fight by confirming that it will go ahead as planned in front of 20,000 fans at the T-Mobile Arena.
Speaking on Twitter, he said: “This card will be headlined by the third fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. Tickets go on sale this week.”
A fierce and eminent rivalry
The rivalry between the fighters’ dates back to 2014, when they met at UFC 178, with McGregor starching Poirier in the first round of a featherweight matchup shrouded in hostility.
Poirier was already a distinguished athlete in the sport, accruing eight victories within the UFC before suffering the detrimental defeat to McGregor, who himself was relishing in a monumental run to prominence.
McGregor’s usage of verbal warfare in the build-up to the fight affected Poirier as he was rash and overwhelmed, something the American himself has admitted played a defining role as he suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Poirier exacted his revenge in January of this year at UFC 257, prevailing by emphatically grounding McGregor and handing the former two-division champion his first knockout loss, levelling the playing field ahead of the third bout.
The fight differed greatly from the first, with Poirier implementing an effective strategy by withering McGregor’s offensive movements with devastating leg kicks – an attack that severely hindered the Irishman’s movement.
How the trilogy fight will play out is an intriguing proposition, will Conor successfully adapt his game plan to counter Poirier’s incisive leg strikes? Will Poirier look to mix it up and take the fight to the ground, a strategy that has proved successful against McGregor in the past? Whatever happens come fight week, it is sure to be captivating in its entirety.
Written by Angus Sinclair