Poirier sensed that he was in control of his trilogy showdown with rival McGregor and saw “desperation” in his opponent’s eyes that would have led to a knockout if McGregor’s leg did not break
Dustin Poirier believes Conor McGregor’s eyes showed “desperation” during their trilogy fight where he sensed a stoppage in the opening round.
‘The Diamond’ has now beaten McGregor on two consecutive occasions winning their most recent trilogy bout in the opening round after the Irish star broke his leg.
Poirier is now in search of becoming the UFC lightweight champion this Saturday by chasing a victory over title holder Charles Oliveira.
The 32-year-old has now recalled the moment McGregor’s leg broke from his point of view including his surprise attempt to shoot a takedown in the opening stages of the round.
“[McGregor said] submissions don’t count and he tried to submit me,” Poirier told the UFC YouTube channel. “The first one to shoot is a dusty b**** and he’s the one trying to take me down.
“A lot of stuff that we just let this guy continue to run his mouth. If his leg wouldn’t have broke, I’d have broke his heart. The fight was going bad for him, I was in full control.
“I saw that look in his eye of desperation, that I saw in Abu Dhabi. I was going to knock him out. He wasn’t going to fight for five rounds with me.”
McGregor was in desperate search for redemption in his third meeting with Poirier in July this year but faced a similar outcome after collapsing to the canvas in injury.
Poirier had produced a similarly dominant display earlier in the year when he dispatched McGregor in the second round at UFC 257 on ‘Fight Island’.
It seems McGregor has now missed out on the opportunity to fight for the lightweight title for now with his bitter rival desperate to become champion this Saturday.
The Irish star has also faced a significant slide down the division after his third defeat in four outings and is currently ranked at No.9 in the 155lb rankings.
Although the 33-year-old has remained defiant on his comeback from injury and has demanded an immediate title shot upon his hotly-anticipated return next year.
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However McGregor has insisted he has unfinished business with Poirier and could pursue a fourth fight with his rival in the final fight on his UFC contract.
But UFC legend Chael Sonnen has admitted that any tetralogy between the pair could be a “difficult sell” after the resounding previous results.
“Fighting Dustin Poirier again, man that’s a tough sell,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “You want to bring the wife back into it, you want to bring the backstories, you want to bring the injury.
“You’re going to move the needle for sure but you’re going to have to work. It’s a tough sell. Conor couldn’t beat Dustin when Conor was training his ass off.
“Conor got re-motivated, reinvigorated, retrained, and couldn’t beat Dustin. We don’t know what Conor was doing for preparation but we know he was doing it.
“Now we know he’s not. That’s what an injury represents. He can’t do anything for a period of time so for sure just using logic there is no opportunity that Conor got better.”