Conor McGregor went after Dustin Poirier before their prefight press conference even began Thursday.
As McGregor and Poirier stepped onto the stage for the event in Las Vegas, the 32-year-old Irishman grabbed a bottle of Poirier’s Louisiana Style Hot Sauce that was on display. He proceeded to dump the contents of the bottle onto the stage before getting in Poirier’s face.
UFC president Dana White and event staff had to separate the two fighters.
That was just the beginning of a barrage of insults from McGregor. He largely avoided trash talk before their second fight, but he held nothing back during Thursday’s presser.
All in an effort to get into Poirier’s head.
“I’m gonna go through his head, put holes in it and take it off its shoulders. That’s the goal here,” McGregor said. “He’s doomed here. This is it for him. This is the end of the road. . . . Saturday night he’s getting walked around that Octagon like a dog and put to sleep.”
McGregor’s barbs weren’t exclusively aimed at Poirier. He also took aim at a reporter in a pink suit who asked him about winning just one fight since former President Barack Obama was in office, calling the reporter “a little rat” among other NSFW insults.
Mostly, though, McGregor attempted to rattle Poirier. He even compared him to a fighter who earned one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
“I don’t give a f— about him. I don’t give a rat’s ass about him,” McGregor said of Poirier. “He’s Buster Douglas. It was a fluke win, and I’m gonna correct it on Saturday night.”
Poirier took McGregor’s trash talk in stride but also punched back on occasion. His best response came when McGregor was asked why he went from unusually kind to very aggressive toward Poirier in a matter of months.
“Because he got knocked the f— out,” Poirier said. “Not McGregor fast, McGregor sleep.”
Indeed, Poirier knocked McGregor out in the second round of their January rematch. McGregor believes he’s ready to bounce back, and he promised that he would one-up what many believe to be his greatest performance.
“That night was the single greatest performance in UF history — widely regarded — the night I won the second world title in Madison Square Garden,” McGregor said of his TKO of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. “This performance on Saturday night, I’m gonna top it.”