Conor McGregor has suggested that Dustin Poirier’s wife slid into his DMs at some stage ahead of their trilogy fight in a cryptic social media post.
The Irishman took an underhanded swipe at Poirier on Twitter, dragging his wife Jolie Poirier into their bitter back-and-forth with a screenshot that implies she attempted to message him on Instagram.
McGregor posted to his nearly nine million followers a photo showing a message saying Poirier’s wife had sent him a DM, which he could accept the request to view, which he had not opted to do yet.
However, these types of things are very easily faked, and there appears to be no further evidence that the message request is real.
The ‘fake DM’ tactic has been used by a number of fighters recently, with McGregor’s teammate and close friend Dillon Danis a frequent user.
He recently engaged in an argument with UFC fighter Aspen Ladd, who had called him a “dork” in a social media argument, when he shared a supposed private message from Ladd asking him if he was single.
And Jake Paul similarly used the mind game in an effort to draw out Tommy Fury earlier this month, sharing an alleged message from his girlfriend and fellow Love Island star Molly Mae Hague.
“Might be coming to America later this year and have always been a fan of your videos,” the message supposedly read. “Maybe you can show me around?”
But the model tweeted that it was a fake DM, saying “photoshop is scary”.
McGregor has been engaging in a little bit of mental warfare with Poirier, sending him a slightly creepy voice note yesterday, telling his opponent: “I’m coming for you”.
The Irishman used the Twitter voice messaging service to send Poirier a warning, which was viewed more than 150,000 times within the first hour of being posted.
McGregor blasted the Louisiana native as a “silly hillbilly” in the note, and revived the infamous ‘pea head’ nickname he used to rile up his opponent heading into their first fight in 2014.
The Irishman explained in the lead-up why he called Poirier, saying: “A pea head is like a, you know, a pea that you eat. It’s like a small little green pea. He just has an unusually small head I believe.”
Back then, Poirier said he had ‘never hated any opponent’ more than McGregor, who was a 24-year-old brash Irish fighter who had yet to prove himself at the world level.
And the teasing appeared to work, with McGregor easily stopping Poirier within less than two minutes of the first round in their UFC 178 undercard bout.
It appeared that the pair had patched up their differences when they met for a second time in January, with both men engaging in pleasantries at the weigh-in for their rematch.
And there was a mutual respect between the two even when Poirier stopped McGregor in the second round of the rematch, with both agreeing almost instantly to fight once more.
But when an issue arose around a charitable donation McGregor had promised to Poirier’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’, their rivalry heated up again, and the former two-weight world champion ended up pulling the $500,000 donation.