Dustin Poirier’s awkward response when asked if he’ll kill Conor McGregor

Dustin Poirier was caught off guard when asked if he was prepared to kill Conor McGregor to gain revenge in their bout later this month.

The pair will go head-to-head in the Octagon at UFC 257 on January 23.

Over six years ago McGregor got the better of Poirier but he now has a chance to level the score on Dana White's Fight Island.

The American, who has a 26-6 record, was asked on stand-up comedian Theo Von’s  latest podcast if he was prepared to kill McGregor to ensure victory.

The question though clearly came as a surprise as he responded: “I mean, I don’t want to kill anybody.

“That’s not a goal. I don’t really wish that on anybody.”

Von went on to admit that he shouldn't have asked the question as the pair laughed it off.

Nevertheless, Poirier is confident that their fight will not end in a victorious return for the Irishman.

“I envision a lot of different things happening and the fight going different ways, but at the end I always envision me winning,” he said.

“Getting back on that long flight home with the win, come and see my daughter. That feels so good you know.

“Whatever it takes to make that a reality, I'm willing to do so let's just go.”

McGregor has not been seen in the Octagon since he beat Donald Cerrone a year ago.

Should the Notorious win for the 23rd time in his MMA career a rematch with Khabib has been touted.

The Russian recently retired but has not relinquished his belt with a return potentially still on the cards.

And UFC chief White admits a fight between the two would make sense should McGregor win.

“In a perfect world, if Conor wins this fight, I would love to see the rematch with him and Khabib. It’s the fight that makes sense," he said.

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