Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier managed to maintain it cordial on the UFC 257 press convention, however the fires of competitors nonetheless burn vivid.
The Irishman makes his long-awaited return to the octagon on Saturday evening on Battle Island in a rematch of his UFC 178 conflict with Poirier.
Again in 2014, the pair have been attempting to determine themselves within the enterprise as featherweight contenders, with the trash speaking and bravado threatening to overshadow the battle itself.
Virtually seven years on, the pair are way more mature and the extent of respect on show on the press convention on Thursday morning within the Etihad Enviornment was clear for all to see.
Nonetheless, because the light-weight contenders confronted off away from the microphones in entrance of an excited Dana White, there was a stark reminder to anybody who feared Poirier and McGregor have been turning into too pleasant.
‘The Diamond’ mentioned: “You realize what’s going to occur.”
Clearly excited by his return, McGregor whipped off his glasses and mentioned: “Yeah it’s on.
“You realize what it’s in there, we each know.”
The primary rumours of a battle between the 2 males began in September, with McGregor suggesting the pair battle and lift cash for ‘The Good Battle Basis’ – the charity Poirier fashioned.
And the 32-year-old admitted he was touched by the generosity of the Irishman and his dedication to serving to others.
“I don’t wish to make it seem like we’re up right here giving one another again massages,” Poirier mentioned.
“However I simply wish to clear the air, Conor and his workforce – McGregor Sports activities and Leisure – did attain out to my Basis.
“They’re beginning the donation to the Good Battle Basis and we’ve big, big plans for that so man-to-man, you’re going to assist lots of people.”