‘This Is Not About Payback’-Dustin Poirier Wants Legacy Not Revenge at UFC 257

Published 01/08/2021, 8:30 AM EST


Dustin Poirier takes on Conor McGregor at UFC 257 in a few weeks’ time. The two men are no strangers to each other. They have previously faced off at UFC 178 where ‘The Notorious’ secured an impressive first-round knockout win over ‘The Diamond’.

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In the buildup to the previous fight, the Irish superstar displayed his impressive skills of talking trash. He relentlessly poked fun at Dustin and did not give up a single chance to get under his skin. The trash talk leading up to the fight played a huge role inside the octagon.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Diamond’ admittedly said that he was too emotional going into the fight and wanted to punish Conor McGregor for all the trash talk. However, as we have seen multiple times before, if a fighter goes into the octagon with his emotions all over the place more often than not, it ends up in a bad outcome for the said fighter. 

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In an interview, Theo Von asked Poirier how he has changed his approach from the first fight, and if he is doing anything different. 

Dustin said, “You know, just let my skills and work ethic and fighting do the job. Of course, the mental plays a huge part in it. Just not trying to get tangled up in the mental aspect of trying to hurt this guy.”

“This is not about payback, it’s not a revenge fight for me…. But that’s not the driving force of each day. I am driven by the main goal of becoming the world champion… And I know that a win over a guy like this at the point in our careers it etches my name in the history books.”

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‘The Diamond’ continued, I think a win over this guy does that. It cements me as a legitimate combat sports professional in a time that’s full of great athletes….It just so much history involved in this fight, The full circle, fighting him again now….  there is so much going into this.”

“I know what a win does for not only me and my legacy, but my family as well. I know what comes with a win and I am ready to bear that weight at this point in my career.”

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh in a recent interview stated that a devastating knockout loss to someone is not something you can erase going into the rematch. It will certainly play a role in the fight, and a big part of the rematch will center on how ‘The Diamond’ can handle himself.  

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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