UFC: McGregor ramps up prep for Poirier rematch
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Conor McGregor has delivered a chilling prediction ahead of Sunday morning’s fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The Irishman was defeated in the second bout of their trilogy series back in January, setting up this weekend’s clash.
It was McGregor’s first UFC bout for more than a year, but it was one that ended in disappointment for ‘The Notorious’.
Poirier attacked his opponent’s right leg with a series of viscous kicks, which left McGregor virtually unable to move.
The American then hit him with a short right uppercut which saw McGregor fall to the ground, with Poirier moving in close to finish his win.
With the Irishman reeling having been pinned next to the cage, referee Herb Dean jumped in to call an end to the bout midway through round two.
It was the first time McGregor has ever suffered a Technical Knockout or Knockout defeat in his career.
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Having been forced to sit out for six months as he recovered from the stunning loss, McGregor is now ready to return to the Octagon.
And his opponent will once again be Poirier as the two UFC stars wrap up their trilogy battle.
It has been a heated build-up to the fight, with the two stars trading barbs on Twitter as fight night approached.
That marks a change in approach from the duo from their first rematch, when they were highly respectful of one another.
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But McGregor has now stepped up the ante ahead of Sunday’s fight, which is scheduled to start at 5am UK time.
The Irishman has insisted that he will seriously injure his opponent and force him to leave the Octagon on a stretcher.
“Dustin’s going out on a stretcher. That’s my prediction. He’s going out of this fight on a stretcher,” McGregor said.
“I’m ready for it all. I’m not jumping the gun, I’m ready for it all. But he’s going out on a stretcher. Early.”
McGregor will need to seriously turn around his form if he is to fulfil his prediction though, having lost two of his last three bouts.
In fact, the last time that McGregor knocked out his opponent, as opposed to winning by TKO, was back in December 2015 at UFC 194.
On that night he faced Jose Aldo, with McGregor knocking out the Brazilian within 13 seconds of round one.
Whether McGregor can force Poirier out on a stretcher remains to be seen, with the Irishman having not looked his normal self in his defeat in January.
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