Leading up to UFC 264, it is fair to say that Dustin Poirier had a lot to say to his opponent and fierce rival Conor McGregor.
The history and the beef between McGregor and Poirier dates all the way back to 2014.
At UFC 178, McGregor would knock Poirier out in the first round in a featherweight encounter.
From then on, McGregor continued to rise up the rankings and would win the featherweight strap in 2015 against Jose Aldo.
After winning that title, the Irishman would then defeat Eddie Alvarez for lightweight gold to become a two-division champion. He became the first man in UFC history to hold two belts in different weight classes at the same time.
Poirier, meanwhile, would go on to move up to lightweight to avoid more brutal weight cuts down to featherweight.
The pair were inevitably going to cross paths again at some point, but it took time to brew.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 21: In this handout image provided by the UFC, (L-R) Opponents Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor pose face off for media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
After McGregor’s victory against Donald Cerrone back in 2020, he wanted to stay active. However, COVID would ruin his plans. In the end, he would have to wait a year before returning to the Octagon.
Poirier would welcome the Irishman in a highly anticipated rematch in Abu Dhabi.
Leading up to the fight, McGregor was uncharacteristically respectful towards his opponent, even claiming he'll make a generous donation to Poirier's charity, but that would all change after The Diamond knocked McGregor out in the second round.
Desperate to avenge his loss and settle the rivalry once and for all with the scores tied at 1-1, McGregor wanted an immediate trilogy fight with Poirier.LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 09: Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor pose during a ceremonial weigh in for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
The pair would go head-to-head in Las Vegas, but respect went out of the window leading up to UFC 264, with McGregor hurling brutal comments towards his rival.
However, the Irishman was silenced by one of Poirier’s comments, one of the very few times he has been beaten when it comes to trash talk.
A reporter asked Conor: “Conor, in the build-up to the last fight, you were unusually kind to Dustin. Now, on fight week, it's the exact opposite. So, where did that switch happen?”
Before Conor could answer, Poirier immediately came in with a brutal response.
“Because he got knocked the f*** out. Not McGregor Fast, McGregor sleep.”
Stunned by his comments, McGregor had no response to Dustin’s comments.
Despite the fierce and brutal build-up to the fight, unfortunately the trilogy showdown ended in a disappointing way.
McGregor suffered a broken leg at the end of the first round, giving Poirier the victory.
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The Irishman has not competed since the leg break, but is aiming to return to the cage in 2023.
Should Poirier beat Michael Chandler in his upcoming bout, McGregor may eye up a fourth fight with his bitter rival.
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