Although Conor McGregor is set to fight the UFC’s #5th ranked featherweight in Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, “Notorious” isn’t holding back in the trash talk department. Is anyone surprised?
While McGregor’s meteoric rise has come through his highlight reel, fighting skills, the Irishman’s gifts on the mic certainly have contributed. In fact, Poirier has admitted that McGregor’s knack for self promotion “grinds” his “nerves”, and that the fighter is great at “bumping his gums”.
In addition, the American Top Team featherweight promised to “slay the giant” the media has created in McGregor…
Well, according to McGregor, he hasn’t seen a very confident Poirier as their September 27th bout approaches. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here is some of what the 26 year-old had to say about “The Diamond”.
“I definitely saw a broken man,” claimed McGregor, while discussing interactions he had with Poirier during a media tour. “I could look through his soul when I looked into that man’s eyes. He’s been speaking his bit, but as I said before: Face-to-face, man-to-man, he was broken. It was as simple as that.
“The performance will prove that because once the cage door closes and the lights go down, you can’t hide. There’s nowhere to run, there’s nowhere to hide. It will come out on Sept. 27 that what I’m saying is true.”
In terms of rankings and record, Poirier is certainly the most accomplished fighter McGregor has faced to date in the Octagon. To recap, since arriving in the UFC, McGregor has defeated Marcus Brimage, Max Holloway and most recently Diego Brandao.
Poirier, on the other hand, has defeated the likes of Jonathan Brookins, Erik Koch, Akira Corassani, Pablo Garza, as well as Brandao and Holloway.
So, in other words, a win over Poirier would certainly be huge for the #9 ranked McGregor, and would likely put the latter one win away from a title shot. There’s no question that a ton of people want to see McGregor fight these days, whether it’s to see him win or lose…
Now it remains to be seen if McGregor’s run up the rankings continues next Saturday, or if Poirier can send all the hype crashing down to earth.
UFC 178 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will also feature flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson versus Chris Cariaso.
The stacked main card will also see Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez, Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki, and Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero.