Conor McGregor warned he’ll be "dripping with blood" in Dustin Poirier rematch

Dustin Poirier wants his rematch with Conor McGregor to descend into a bloody war.

The lightweight rivals meet for a second time on Fight Island later this month, six years after McGregor stopped Poirier in the first round.

The American was unable to trouble McGregor during their short-lived first meeting, but wants their sequel to be full of blood and thunder.

"I didn't even get to fight you know, the fight didn’t even get to blossom," he said.

"But that’s fighting anything can happen under those lights. What I want is for us to both be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight. He then we can find out who’s a real fighter. You know, that’s what I want.

"I want to be bleeding. With a minute off the first round clock. I want to us both to be bleeding and really have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter, see who really wants to be in there.

"You know, because I don’t have a safety net. This is I want to be in there. Yeah, and I  know that I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does."

Since losing to McGregor, Poirier has won 10 of his 12 fights but has yet to be crowned UFC champion.

Like McGregor, he was choked out by Khabib Nurmagomedov who remains the lightweight champion despite announcing his retirement last year.

Nurmagomedov is due to hold talks with UFC president Dana White next week and could vacate his title, paving the way for it to be on the line when Poirier takes on McGregor.

But regardless of the fight's status, the American insists his motivations do not include revenge.

This isn't about payback; this isn't a revenge fight for me," he added.

"Of course those things are great. I go out there and beat him, those are all part of this storyline, [they’re] things I’m going to think about and be happy with, but that’s not the driving force of each day.

"I’m driven by the main goal: becoming the world champion, being the best. I know that a win over a guy like this, at this point of our careers, it etches my name in the history books – on its own page.

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