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Conor McGregor fired up for revenge over Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 – ‘He’s going to pay’

Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor is ready to settle the score in his trilogy with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. And the Dubliner has responded strongly to comments from the American suggesting he’s lacking in confidence ahead of the fight.

McGregor and Poirier will face off in the main event on Saturday night in Las Vegas, where a packed crowd will watch them settle their three-fight rivalry with the scores perfectly poised at one win apiece.

McGregor claimed a first-round TKO victory in their first meeting back in 2014, but Poirier evened the score with a TKO finish of his own at UFC 257 in January.

Now they’re set to face off for a third time, and Poirier has suggested that McGregor’s more amped-up personality ahead of their third bout reveals a weakness in the Irishman’s psyche.

“The good thing about this one is if it’s crazy Conor again, I just don’t give a f***,” Poirier told ESPN. 

“I really don’t care and in the last one, too, if he’d have been crazy, I’d have been all right. 

“Mentally, I’m not a kid anymore. I’m a grown man, and I know what matters, and I know what I can control. 

“I just don’t beat myself up mentally like I used to with the critics. 

“I think it’s gonna be crazy Conor again. I’m pretty sure.”

But Poirier also said that McGregor’s antics are all a front, especially given the Dubliner’s fate the last time they met inside the cage.

“I wouldn’t say funny, but it’s – how crazy can you be?” he continued. 

“You got knocked out last time. We put you on airplane mode in front of the world in Abu Dhabi. What can you say?”

McGregor had tweeted to dare Poirier to stand and trade with him, posting, “First one to shoot’s a dusty b****.”

Poirier laughed off the challenge, as he reminded McGregor what sport they’re competing in.

“Isn’t he the one whose always preaching about the flow, the full martial arts, no holds barred, no rules, the ultimate fighting, when he’s talking about boxing and stuff, right?” Poirier said. 

“How about the first one to get taken down is a dusty b****? 

“This is mixed martial arts. Put it all together. It reeks of insecurity to me.”

That sparked a response from McGregor, who answered back during an Instagram Live Q&A session.

“(I’m going to) give him a proper head kick,” he said.

“There will be a lot of weapons produced on the night, that’s for sure. 

“He wants mixed martial arts? He’s going to get it.

“I’ve been busy putting in the work. Full focus, fully immersed in mixed martial arts. 

“It’s been nothing but mixed martial arts, so I’m ready to put on a show.

“You can go through YouTube and see every interview in the book.

“I’ve got a job to do here. I’m back on the site. 

“That’s the way I’m feeling here with this. Straight back on the building site.

“He talks some amount lately. He’s going to pay for that, that’s for sure. That’s not going to be nice.”

Author: Simon Head
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‘Pay your fighters’: Jake Paul takes aim over UFC pay packets as feud with promotion president Dana White escalates

Author: RT
This post originally appeared on RT Sport News

YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has upped the ante in his feud with UFC president Dana White, saying that he earned more in his one round fight with Ben Askren than the vast majority of UFC fighters.

Paul’s fledgling boxing career continued earlier this month when he earned a quick KO against MMA veteran Askren but the social media star’s developing rivalry with UFC boss White looks set to escalate further after Paul attended Saturday’s UFC 261 card in Jacksonville, Florida.

Paul, who had a confrontation with ex-UFC champ Daniel Cormier at the event, was issued with some measured praise from White in his post-fight press conference for his ability to generate buzz and create paydays for himself – but White was quick to list the differences between the type of fights Paul seeks and his own brand of fight promotion.

I don’t even know what to think about the [Ben] Askren thing. The whole thing is f*cking mind-boggling to me, but good for him. Grab that money while you can, kid,” White said.

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White, however, admitted that he wasn’t on board with reports that the Triller-backed bout between Paul and Askren was a lucrative one amid reports that it sold more than one million pay-per-views.

I don’t believe anything [Triller] say,” White said. “That’s a f*cking circus. None of that is real.

“Do you think any of that sh*t that’s going on over there is real? C’mon, man. I built a real business here, a real sport.”

Paul’s declared purse of $ 640,000 will likely swell considerably when his share of PPV sales are added, and the 24-year-old was quick to point out on social media that his pay for one fight was higher than the total most UFC fighters collect.

In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history,” Paul wrote in a long social media post directed at White.

“Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $ 10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.

Why are UFC fighters so underpaid versus boxers? Why did I make more in my third fight than all but two (Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and Conor [McGregor]) UFC fighters have in history? I know why.”

Paul’s criticism of White and the UFC’s pay structure comes at a time when Jones, the former longtime light heavyweight champion, is seeking a mammoth payday to take on Ngannou in what would be Jones’ heavyweight debut, with White apparently unwilling to entertain Jones’ demands – which he hinted was in the $ 30 million range.

Several other fighters have stated their dissatisfaction with UFC pay and have moved to other organizations, such as Bellator and ONE Championship, in pursuit of loftier purses.

But as Paul has proved, there are other avenues in which fighters can earn a quick buck – and, in his case at least, you don’t even have to be a high-level boxer.

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