Dustin Poirier backed himself to complete Conor McGregor once more when the pair meet for his or her trilogy combat later yr.
It’s at present one apiece forward of their showdown at UFC 264 on July 10.
Their first assembly was approach again in 2014, early on of their UFC careers, with McGregor knocking out Poirier within the first spherical.
Almost seven years later, the Diamond returned the favour incomes a stoppage within the second spherical, however we don’t have to attend so lengthy to see them within the octagon once more.
Poirier backed himself to repeat the identical feat from their rematch in January.
He informed ESPN MMA: “I’m going to cease Conor once more. On July 10 I’m going to get my hand raised and I’m going to complete Conor McGregor once more.”
When requested if he was going to beat McGregor quicker than he did final time, he responded: “I don’t do all of that. I simply present up able to scrap.”
Regardless of McGregor calling for the third combat immediately on Struggle Island, the bout itself very practically didn’t occur after Poirier alleged ‘The Infamous’ had not made the donation he promised he would to the Basis he and spouse Jolie established of their residence city of Lafayette.
That led to some back-and-forth on Twitter earlier than the American apologised.
Based on TMZ Sports activities, McGregor has since donated $500,000 to the B&GC – a kids’s charity which works along with Poirer’s Basis.
The muse confirmed McGregor’s cash will fund this yr’s summer time camp and different leisure actions all through the world.
Poirier stated: “I nonetheless stand behind every thing [I said].
“I’d by no means make one thing up that wasn’t true.
“However casting a destructive gentle on my basis or simply attaching it to one thing destructive, it simply wasn’t good trying again.
“Because the voice of the muse, I simply felt prefer it wasn’t good.”
When requested if he thought the combat was in peril of being axed, he replied: “I believe it was. I believe it was.”
Poirier, the No1-ranked light-weight on the earth, added: “If it fell aside, it sort of sucks.
“As a result of as I stated, I believe this implies lots. However on the finish of the day, I’m nonetheless the No1 contender.
“It might’ve sucked if it did crumble, but it surely’s out of my palms.”