UFC: What next for Conor McGregor?
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‘The Notorious’ is gearing up to defeat lightweight rival Dustin Poirier for a second time in what will be the pair’s third meeting.
The duo face off in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena with a full capacity crowd, a far cry from their most recent bout which took place in the UAE at 9am local time.
Poirier sprung an upset that time around, defeating McGregor in round 2 after inflicting crucial damage to the Irishman’s leg before a flurry of brutal punches ended the tie, handing the Louisiana native the win.
McGregor’s victory over Poirier came seven years ago in 2014, ensuring a lot has changed for both fighters since, with McGregor himself striking up quite the rivalry with another fighter on the circuit.
His hatred of Khabib Nurmagomadov clearly extends beyond the octagon, the two previously engaging in a bitter brawl that saw McGregor face police action after he threw a trolly into the window of a bus carrying the Russian fighter and his team, injuring several on board.
Now, McGregor has been waging a war of words with Khabib via the press, goading him in a recent interview.
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Speaking during an interview with BT Sport ahead of his UFC 264 clash with Poirier, McGregor went as far as to dub Khabib a ‘little rat’.
“I don’t really give a f**k about that guy to be honest with you,” McGregor conceded. “He ran. He’s gone. He didn’t do f**k all in the sport in my opinion.
“Three wins on the trot but before he pulled out of bleeding everything. He had a little run and dipped out, showed his true character.
“It’s not like I was surprised. He’s scurried away like the little rat he is. I’m not even concerned.”
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McGregor has made previous attempts to try and rile Khabib into a rematch, given the Russian won their only previous meeting in 2018 via a fourth-round submission.
However, Khabib has since called time on his mixed martial arts career and has opted to move into the promotion side of fighting, quashing all hopes of a potential Mcgregor vs Khabib 2.
In turn, the Irishman will have to shift his focus to new fighters and has already identified who he wants his next opponent to be should he defeat Poirier on Sunday.
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“Yes it’s [Charles] Oliveira next. We dance with the Brazilians again and I look forward to it” McGregor said. “No [he doesn’t impress me], he’s timid. He’s going to crumble. No.”
The 31-year-old boasts a record of 31 wins and eight losses during a UFC career that spans over the course of eleven years.
The Brazilian has won his last nine bouts, an unbeaten run that extends as far back as December 2017 where he was defeated by Paul Felder.
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