Here’s Why Conor McGregor Threatened Dustin Poirier To Cancel UFC 264 Fight

Published 07/02/2021, 10:55 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former two-division champion, Conor McGregor is set to return to the UFC Octagon next month as he prepared to take on Dustin Poirier for the third time. Poirier avenged his UFC 178 loss to ‘The Notorious’ at UFC 257. The score between the duo is set at 1-1 with each having a finish over the other.

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The build-up to the two fights between the duo has been the polar opposite. While McGregor’s signature trash talking was a key element to Poirier’s fall the first time, the Irish fighter was uncharacteristically nice to ‘The Diamond’ the second time. However, there has been some back-and-forth ahead of the third contest. McGregor even threatened to cancel the UFC 264 fight once.

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There was some dispute between McGregor and the Louisiana native regarding donations. The Irish fighter promised to donate to Poirier’s Good Fight Foundation organization after the second fight. However, Poirier suggested that he didn’t receive the promised sum from his rival.

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After Poirier’s claims of McGregor not keeping his promise, McGregor got infuriated. He threatened his opponent with potentially calling the fight off. That was the end of the nice guy approach from the UFC’s biggest star. His rather known brass persona came out.

McGregor pointed out that the promised sum was a donation and not a debt. There are some legal procedures that are involved with the transfer of such a huge amount. He also warned Poirier that the latter is putting himself to harm when they fight for the third time by smearing his name.

Poirier kept his usual calm and collected approach throughout though. He reminded McGregor that he was the one winning the second contest and promised to repeat the result when they clash for the third time.

McGregor then said he was frustrated with Poirier’s public accusations and the trilogy fight is off. He later deleted that tweet. However, Poirier responded with a clip of him knocking out the Irish fighter at UFC 257. McGregor took note of that and responded with a picture of his own finish over ‘The Diamond’ in 2014.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland arrives prior to his fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Nevertheless, with the history and given the quality of the duo as fighters, it only made sense they put their differences aside and settle all disagreements inside the Octagon. And they are set to do that actually. Fans are as buzzed as ever with the trilogy fight looming large upon us.

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Who gets it done on July 10th? Let us know your pick.

 

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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