The bad blood heading into the UFC 264 trilogy bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier has shown no sign of abating since the conclusion of their matchup in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Indeed, the events that unfolded inside the T-Mobile Arena seem only to have taken their rivalry up another level.
McGregor’s angry rant after suffering an injury-TKO loss to Poirier, who had largely dominated the opening round of their fight, only continued on a bad-tempered build-up that had seen the Irishman hurl threats and insults Poirier’s way leading up to the bout.
And, speaking at the post-fight press conference backstage, Poirier admitted he’s likely to face McGregor one more time, though he couldn’t specify whether it would be in the form of a sanctioned sporting contest or a legitimate fight on the street.
“We are going to fight again whether it’s in the octagon or on the sidewalk,” Poirier said.
“You don’t say the stuff he said. My wife is solid as a rock. I’m not worried about that. That’s noise.
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“He was saying he was going to kill me. You don’t say stuff like that – that he was going to murder me. You don’t say stuff like that.
“You don’t say stuff about people’s wives either, but I know that that’s zero chance.
“There is a chance somebody could die. You don’t say that. You don’t wish that on anybody.”
Poirier explained that not all of McGregor’s pre-fight rhetoric made it into the public consciousness, with some of the worst of it ending up on the UFC’s cutting-room floor.
“Conor said some nasty stuff that didn’t make it on Embedded,” Poirier said, referencing the UFC’s fight-week YouTube vlog that follows the fighters behind the scenes throughout the week leading up to fight night.
“Maybe when the behind-the-scenes for this fight airs, you’ll see him on the ground still saying some really bad stuff.
“But even that stuff being said, I don’t wish serious harm like that on nobody. The guy’s got kids.
“I want him to go home safe to his family. I pray before these fights.
“Every time before I walk through that octagon door, I’m praying not for me to win. I’m praying that we both get out of there safe.
“I know what I’m going to try to do to him and I know what he’s going to try to do to me.”
Poirier also said that McGregor had some work to do before he can consider himself worthy of a shot at a UFC title again, but admitted that his route back to contention may only require him to win once before he’s right back in the mix again.
“Conor McGregor is 1-3 or 1-4 in the lightweight division,” he said. “Yeah. He has to win some fights.
“But, like I said before, a guy like there goes out there and starches somebody, he’s right back in the top contender talk, just because of his star power.”
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