Conor McGregor vows "to kill" Dustin Poirier in UFC 264 trilogy fight

Conor McGregor has vowed "to kill" Dustin Poirier in their trilogy clash this weekend.

The lightweights clash for a third time in Las Vegas to settle their long-running rivalry and to decide the next title contender.

McGregor is also attempting to avenge his January defeat by Poirier which saw him stopped in the second round.

And after arriving in Sin City, he told his website The MacLife : "Every shot I have thrown in this camp is a kill shot, so that’s it. I’m going to kill this man.

"Just a slaughter and a play with a scared little boy. He’s fighting scared like he always does, like they always do against me, so now I’m going to play with the little boy, play with me food, and then just devour it."

"He’s a corpse; a dead body, a blank face that’s going to get his ass whooped and taken out on a stretcher."

McGregor admitted he had overlooked Poirier ahead of their second fight by focusing on a potential boxing bout with Manny Pacquiao.

As a result the Irishman was criticised for his boxing-heavy stance and approach to the meeting in Abu Dhabi.

For the third instalment, McGregor has locked himself away in his training camp, starting in Dubai before moving to California.

And he has dispensed with his amateur boxing coach Phil Sutcliffe to focus on mixed martial arts.

“[We] just focused on mixed martial arts, first of all,” McGregor added. “It was an 85 per cent camp for boxing [before UFC 257], for Manny Pacquiao, that’s how the fight came about.

"It was going to be a charity event, not even under the UFC banner. It was just because he was a southpaw and I felt a bit of pity for him and whatnot, so I’d help him out.

"And that’s it. It went the way it went and I got a setback in there, but setbacks are a beautiful thing. Defeat is the secret ingredient to success, I say, and it’s put me right where I need to be."

The winner of Saturday night's fight is expected to be announced as 155lb champion Charles Oliveira's first defence.

The Brazilian won the belt vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov when he stopped Michael Chandler in May.

And McGregor has already set his sights on fighting for his old belt at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in December.

The Dubliner last held the belt in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round but was later stripped when he agreed to a boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather.

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