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“I Really Wanted to Beat The Guy Up Bad”- Dustin Poirier Recalls His First Loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 178

The UFC 257 countdown video is on YouTube. It shows Dustin Poirier telling what went through his mind during the build-up of his fight against Conor McGregor. According to him, it was his life’s biggest fight. “I really wanted to beat the guy up bad. I wanted to make the guy pay for everything he was saying” The Diamond was quoted as saying. But, rather than the Irishman’s trash talk, what more bothered him were the critics. They were very critical of his skills and mettle against such an opponent. It forced him to ponder over the possibility of everyone being against him.

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Talking about how the fight went according to him, he said that McGregor did a rather quick job by hurting him with a good left. Recalling his first loss to Conor, Poirier said:

“Before I fought Conor the first time in 2014, the build-up was huge. It was the biggest fight I’ve ever been a part of. Even though I had a good bit of experience in the org at that time it was still a lot to do with. I really wanted to beat the guy up bad. I wanted to make the guy pay for everything he was saying. But it was not just the trash talk, it was the critics. Every time I picked up my phone people were saying I was gonna lose that I was not good enough. I thought everybody was against me. It was quick, I was hit with a good shot. Hurt and put away. I got beat.”

It is to be noted that Dustin Poirier got really emotional at the post-press conference of UFC 242 after his loss against the Notorious one.

Conor McGregor Is Ready To Fight In The Lightweight Division For The First Time Since Khabib Loss

Since his loss to Conor, Dustin Poirier has gone to establish himself as the former Interim Lightweight Champion. He’s defeated the likes of Justin Gaethje, Pettis, and Alvarez. After bouncing back from his defeat at UFC 242, the Louisiana native defeated Hooker in a 5 round war. He seems to be more than ready to make it even with McGregor. Since their last meeting, the UFC icon has gone to claim the lightweight gold becoming the first fighter in UFC to hold belts in 2 weight classes simultaneously. The Irishman is also set to establish his place in the 155lb division after his bitter loss at the hands of Nurmagomedov.

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Conor McGregor on Dustin Poirier rematch: “I'll knock him out inside 60 seconds”
Conor McGregor on Dustin Poirier rematch: “I’ll knock him out inside 60 seconds”

Dustin Poirier Is More Developed As A Fighter Than The Last Time He Fought McGregor

The last time these 2 men met, Poirier was quite young and had a rather emotional inclination to his fighting style. Since then, nearly 7 years have passed. He’s now transitioned into a more mature fighter with an ability to take more calculated risks. So, he might be a legit threat to The Notorious’ plans to once again claim the 155lb belt. On the other hand, McGregor has also been in the best shape. Undoubtedly, it is a very interesting matchup. Now, only time will tell who is going to emerge victoriously.

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