Dustin Poirier makes prediction for Conor McGregor trilogy fight at UFC 264 and explains charity donation situation
Dustin Poirier backed himself to finish Conor McGregor again when the pair meet for their trilogy fight later year.
It is currently one apiece ahead of their showdown at UFC 264 on July 10.
Their first meeting was way back in 2014, early on in their UFC careers, with McGregor knocking out Poirier in the first round.
Nearly seven years later, the Diamond returned the favour earning a stoppage in the second round, but we don’t have to wait so long to see them in the octagon again.
Poirier backed himself to repeat the same feat from their rematch in January.
He told ESPN MMA: “I’m going to stop Conor again. On July 10 I’m going to get my hand raised and I’m going to finish Conor McGregor again.”
When asked if he was going to beat McGregor faster than he did last time, he responded: “I don’t do all of that. I just show up ready to scrap.”
Despite McGregor calling for the third fight instantly on Fight Island, the bout itself very nearly did not happen after Poirier alleged ‘The Notorious’ had not made the donation he promised he would to the Foundation he and wife Jolie established in their home town of Lafayette.
That led to some back-and-forth on Twitter before the American apologised.
According to TMZ Sports, McGregor has since donated $500,000 to the B&GC – a children’s charity which works in conjunction with Poirer’s Foundation.
The foundation confirmed McGregor’s money will fund this year’s summer camp and other recreational activities throughout the area.
Poirier said: “I still stand behind everything [I said].
“I would never make something up that wasn’t true.
“But casting a negative light on my foundation or just attaching it to something negative, it just wasn’t good looking back.
“As the voice of the foundation, I just felt like it wasn’t good.”
When asked if he thought the fight was in danger of being axed, he replied: “I think it was. I think it was.”
Poirier, the No1-ranked lightweight in the world, added: “If it fell apart, it kind of sucks.
“Because as I said, I think this means a lot. But at the end of the day, I’m still the No1 contender.
“It would’ve sucked if it did fall apart, but it’s out of my hands.”