Conor McGregor has incited a war of words with Dustin Poirier one week out from their trilogy completing bout at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
Poirier is stepping back into the octagon with the Notorious six months removed from knocking him out in Abu Dhabi.
The American comprehensively won the first rematch back in January via TKO in the second round, with McGregor facing a swarm of violent punches.
But ever since that defeat, in typical McGregor fashion he has spoken loudly about his opponent’s tactics, particularly his tactic of going for early takedowns.
Two weeks ago the Irishman posted on social media “the first one to shoot is a dusty b****” referring to Poirier’s tactic of shooting for McGregor’s legs in the second fight.
But the Diamond has hit back at his old rival, suggesting the posts show a sign of insecurity from the supremely confident McGregor.
Speaking to ESPN, Poirier explained: “He just said something, ‘the first one to shoot is a dusty b****’, isn’t he the one that’s always preaching about the flow, the full martial arts, no holds barred, the ultimate fighting.
“How about the first one to get taken down is a dusty b****? This is mixed martial arts, put it all together. It reeks of insecurity.”
McGregor quickly replied on social media, saying: “Best boxer, my a**!” McGregor responded on Twitter. ”Shooting a**, shelling a** b****.
“Quick take for you and your team pal – You got pucked around in the clinch! Elbows, knees, shoulders, fists.
“Looking outside the cage for advice.”
The two come face to face at the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas on July 10 and Poirier, 32, has hinted he is ready for McGregor’s war of words, with his only focus on what goes on when the two step in the cage.
“I want a blood and guts war,” he continued. “I want to question my will to fight. I want it to be uncomfortable from the first second of the first round.
“That’s the thing about fighting, the only thing that’s real is when that bell rings. Or whenever you show up and you’re training, that’s the only real part of fighting that I love anymore.
“Everything else is, who can say some cool s*** and get a lot of likes on Instagram, get a lot of followers, who can do some kind of funny video. It’s disgusting, it’s a fashion show, it’s all fake.
“The real part about it, when that bell rings, it’s a hundred percent real. I want to find that out about him, ‘you talk it up, but let’s see who really wants to fight’ because I know I can count on me.”
McGregor is clearly looking for a war as well, with his social media posts hinting he will be looking for ‘kill shots’ in order to return to relevance in the 155 lb division.