Dustin Poirier responds to his wife Jolie messaging rival Conor McGregor

Dustin Poirier has laughed off his wife's alleged message to Conor McGregor as the pair's feud escalates with days remaining until their much-anticipated fight.

Poirier, 32, is looking to end to his Octagon rivalry with McGregor, 32, once and for all by winning their third UFC bout this weekend.

The American knocked out the former two-division champion in January, while McGregor won their first meeting in 2014.

The build-up to the rematch earlier this year was good-natured, with the duo exchanging gifts and kind words before and immediately after the fight.

Things have been far more fractious third time round, however, with McGregor deploying his infamous trash talking ahead of the fight.

On Tuesday, the Irish superstar took to Twitter to post a picture of an Instagram message request from Jolie Poirier with no caption.

McGregor was later quizzed on why Jolie may have messaged him, responding: "You'd have to ask her, I haven't a clue. You'd have to ask her, I don't play that game… another man's wife."

Although the Dublin native's comments seem to imply the message request is a real one, Poirier rubbished this claim in his latest interview.

Asked if the tweet was a good mind game from McGregor, Poirier told BT Sport : "If it was real and my wife was messaging him or something like that, then it's a good one

"But if it's fabricated… me and my wife were laughing about it while we were in the grocery store. There's no holds barred in the s*** talking."

Poirier appeared more keen to discuss the upcoming fight, having inflicted the first knockout defeat of McGregor's career earlier this year.

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Following his defeat, many excuses were made on McGregor's behalf explaining why he sustained severe damage from calf kicks before he was finished with punches in the second round.

But while Poirier acknowledged the threat he faced from his opponent, he simply believes he was the better fighter on the night.

He added: "I've seen over the last six months a lot of stuff, 'He prepared for boxing, he was in a boxing stance'. That's just what people do.

"What's his excuse going to be this time? Maybe it wasn't him, maybe it was his fanbase or his coaches this time when I touch him up.

"He felt dangerous, I have a healthy – I wouldn't call it fear – but an understanding of his abilities. He's a special athlete, a special fighter with his timing, his power.

"That's how he got to where he is at, it's not by mistake, he's a special talent. But I've been battling lions forever, it's just what I do."

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