Dustin Poirier may not be believe in staredowns revealing much about fighters, but ‘The Diamond’ has said that something looked off with Conor McGregor when they stared down before UFC 264
Dustin Poirier says he saw “a man who was unsure” when he stared down with Conor McGregor in the lead-up to their trilogy fight at UFC 264.
Poirier defeated McGregor by first round TKO at the event last month after McGregor broke his tibia in the closing moments of the round and was unable to continue.
The win marked Poirier’s second of the calendar year against McGregor, having knocked out the Irishman in their rematch at UFC 257 in January.
And despite not believing in staredowns revealing much about fighters, Poirier thinks something looked off about McGregor when they stared down to promote their trilogy fight.
“I felt in the zone, I felt comfortable from the press conference to the weigh-in, all fight week,” Poirier told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
“When I looked at this guy’s eyes I just saw a man who was unsure. I really felt that. And I’m the guy who says stare downs and that type of stuff doesn’t really play a big thing into the fight, you can’t really see.
“I’ve seen guys look timid at weigh-ins and be a monster the next day and I’ve seen guys jumping around talking trash with a lot of energy at weigh-ins, come out and fold. So, I don’t take a whole lot of that into the fight with me.
“But this time I really felt like I was looking at a man who was unsure.”
After a fiery build-up to the fight, McGregor continued to trash talk Poirier after his loss. The Irishman threatened to kill Poirier and his wife Jolie and labelled Poirier’s win as “illegitimate”.
“In your sleep you’re getting it, in your sleep you’re dead, you and your Mrs, it ain’t over,” McGregor said after the fight.
Poirier, who has now won three straight fights, is likely to fight for the UFC lightweight title next against current champion Charles Oliveira.
However, ‘The Diamond’ did cast doubt on that fight earlier this week by instead revealing he could be more interested in a fight against Nate Diaz.
Diaz and Poirier were booked to fight at UFC 230 in November 2018, but a hip injury meant Poirier withdrew and the fight was never rescheduled.
McGregor had surgery straight after his loss to Poirier, with a titanium rod being fitted in his left leg. UFC president Dana White expects McGregor to be sidelined until the summer of next year.
And on a fourth fight with McGregor, Poirier said he will not wait for it to happen but if the opportunity arises in the future he will take the fight.
“We’ll see what happens, Ariel. I’m not sitting back waiting to fight him before time,” Poirier said. “If it makes sense, it comes about, we’ll do it again.”