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Conor McGregor wore a plaid purple suit and sunglasses when he performed some of his greatest Vegas hits at his UFC 264 news conference Thursday (Friday NZ time) ahead of his latest attempt to roll back the mixed martial arts clock.
The biggest star in combat sports preened, strutted and misbehaved at T-Mobile Arena, delighting his fans in a raucous crowd anticipating the finale to one of the biggest fight trilogies in recent history on Saturday night.
McGregor threw a bottle of Dustin Poirier’s hot sauce into the stands early on and then prowled the stage, security guards separating him from his opponent. He threw a kick at Poirier during their event-ending faceoff – when he was too far away to connect, of course.
McGregor confidently strutted to his opponent with both fists raised, leaving them hanging as he undoubtedly threatened Poirier with what would happen in the Octagon. Poirier responded, with both fighters smirking at what was being said, but ‘The Diamond’ stayed seemingly calm during the encounter.
Conor McGregor was definitely back to his fiery old self at the UFC 264 press conference and he reacted furiously to a question from a radio personality.
While there were very few credible mixed martial arts reporters asking questions, plenty of talking points emerged after McGregor and Dustin Poirier shared a stage for the first time since their rematch at UFC 257.
Conor McGregor boxed Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest of all time, back in 2017 and I thought he gave a decent account of himself, considering he went in there having never boxed professionally before.
We have still got to give him credit for that. At what level he will get to remains to be seen but having dipped his toes in the water and having done well, I think if he retired without giving boxing another go, he would never forgive himself. He’s tried the boxing game and his performance warrants another go. I don’t blame him one bit. He doesn’t want to be sat on sofa in a few years’ time thinking: ‘I wish I had given boxing another go.’
UFC fighter and one time professional boxer Conor McGregor returns to action this weekend in MMA but has mentioned previously he wants to get into boxing.
It now looks like that could be some time away down the road however.
He was asked ahead of the fight what he thought of taking on either YouTube star Logan Paul or Jake Paul in a boxing match.
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will go at it one more time at UFC 264 on Friday.
Though there’s no belt on the line, the lightweights’ No. 5 and top-rated challengers, respectively, will earn the right to take on champion Charles Oliveira with a win in the rubber match. That brings up the question: Would the winner prefer that, or is a final victory in this rivalry (which dates back to 2014) enough of a reward?
Jake Paul has lashed out at Conor McGregor, accusing him of having “insecurity” and hinting that they will meet in a future boxing match.
McGregor makes his UFC comeback on Saturday night trying to avenge his recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.
Conor McGregor kicked out at Dustin Poirier as the two squared up in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 264.
Notorious will take on the American for the third time at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, this weekend with both men having scored a win over the other.
McGregor, 22-5, beat Poirier by TKO at UFC 178 in 2014 but lost his most recent bout to the same opponent by the same method at UFC 257.