Dustin Poirier revealed his thoughts before and during his fight with Conor McGregor in backstage footage posted online.
The behind-the-scenes video from the UFC 257 event also captured the touching moment Poirier’s wife wished McGregor all the best after the contest.
Poirier beat McGregor in a second round knockout in the Irishman’s return to the Octagon after more than a year out of action.
McGregor previously beat Poirier back in 2014 via first-round TKO.
McGregor pledged to donate £365,000 to Poirier’s Good Fight Foundation ahead of the rematch, which plans to build a gym for underprivileged youngsters to train.
Dubliner McGregor limped back to his dressing room after sustaining a leg injury from the numerous calf kicks he received from Poirier on Sunday 24.
And while in his dressing room, McGregor was greeted by Poirier’s wife Jolie, who thanked him for his kind donation.
Backstage footage captured the exchange as Jolie responded to the Irishman asking how she is: “I’m good, how are you? I just wanted to say thank you so much.”
McGregor replied: “Congratulations, he fought a great fight”.
To which Jolie continued: “Thank you for everything. It’s going to help change a lot of people’s lives,” and then wished the Irishman a safe trip home.
Meanwhile Poirier headed back to his own dressing room, and provided some insight on his own thoughts before the fight.
“I hated every moment back here,” said the American, reflecting on the wait before the contest. “I wasn’t happy until I was in there.”
Poirier then entered his dressing room and celebrated with his entourage, who could be heard clapping. One then said: “You did it. Unbelievable. You crazy mother f*****!”