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Dustin Poirier reveals what he really thinks of ‘special’ Conor McGregor and his power after UFC trilogy


After three fights and even insults against his wife, Dustin Poirier still gave Conor McGregor his accessories.

The Diamond are 2-1 against McGregor after losing their first encounter at featherweight in 2014 but winning a pair of contests at lightweight in 2021.

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McGregor stopped Poirier in one round when the pair first met at UFC 178

McGregor got into Poirier’s head the first time around, but when they met for the second time in 2021, the Irishman was much more respectful.

Many MMA fans wondered if McGregor’s change in attitude contributed to his downfall. For the third fight, McGregor returned to his old school mind games as he hurled insults at Poirier’s wife and even declared he was going to kill his rival.

Asked by Patrick Bet-David about his list of opponents, Poirier praised the “special” McGregor.

“There’s no question about Conor McGregor,” Poirier said of the hardest hitter he’s ever fought. “As the biggest puncher I’ve ever fought? Yeah. He is a special person for sure.

Dustin Poirier reveals what he really thinks of ‘special’ Conor McGregor and his power after UFC trilogy

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Poirier recognizes McGregor’s power

“Fought him in 2014 – lost. That was when his trajectory was… the sky’s the limit. He was on his way up, tore everyone apart, and he became a two-weight world champion.

“But, then I fought him twice in 2021. It was always the same [his power]it’s very dangerous, it’s just that I felt differently mentally.

Although it took Poirier seven years to improve between the first and second bouts, the 33-year-old believes it was a change in his mindset that changed the outcome.

“For sure my skills have improved over the years, all the work has not been in vain. But my mental side is what made me lose that first fight and won me the last two fights,” Poirier said.

Dustin Poirier reveals what he really thinks of ‘special’ Conor McGregor and his power after UFC trilogy

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Poirier no longer wants to spend time on the sidelines

Having not fought since his failure to win the UFC lightweight title from Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, Poirier has been actively looking for his next fight in recent months.

The Diamond has begged for a fight with Nate Diaz – a fight he says he’s accepted twice – and hopes Colby Covington will face him on July 30. Nothing has been agreed yet.



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