Conor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier in heated showdown ahead of trilogy fight

Conor McGregor went on a rampage against Dustin Poirier in a heated showdown ahead of their trilogy fight this weekend.

The lightweight rivals had exchanged trash speeches in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas before they were reunited.

And after continuing to chat with his opponent, McGregor kicked him before leaving the stage.

The pair had previously been separated by security after making their separate entrances to the T-Mobile Arena.

McGregor, after losing the couple’s rematch in January, had taken the stage first – albeit half an hour late – and immediately grabbed two bottles of Poirier’s hot sauce from the dais.

He threw them into the crowd as Poirier joined him before the Irishman tried to escape safety and UFC president Dana White in search of his rival.

Conor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier out
Conor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier out

Eventually, the conflicting pair calmed down as McGregor tried to step back in time to his day of chatting.

“You walk around like a dog in this octagon,” he said before attempting to lead the crowd in a song about Poirier’s wife Jolie.

“It’s my bread and my butter, it’s what wakes me up in the morning with fire in my stomach,” he added. “Errors to correct, tactics to prepare, I had a great camp and a great concentration on the opponent.

“I’m going to go through his head, put holes in him and get him off his shoulders. He’s finished here, that’s all for him, it’s the end of the road.

“Saturday night he walked around that octagon like a dog and put it to sleep.

“It will be beautiful, it will be another feather in the hat, that’s what I love to do. I love to come here, defy the odds, do the unthinkable and put on a show.”

Poirier was not fazed by McGregor’s beards and insisted he was ready to repeat his January exploits which saw McGregor stop in the second round.

“For me the aura is gone, a very dangerous fighter sitting here without a doubt but I see a man,” he said. “You guys in the crowd cheer him on and have fun, but I see a man I have beaten and will beat again.”

“I knew it was next time. As soon as I got to my hotel room I knew it was next time, I’ve been preparing for it since the last fight was over.”

McGregor has been asked several times about his motivation for winning featherweight and lightweight titles as well as amassing a fortune in the hundreds of millions.

And he reiterated: “I am back on the site, I have a helmet, a hi-vis and I have two hammers in my hands.

“It’s my state of mind; I don’t savor my past accomplishments, all the money in my bank, all the accomplishments of Forbes, I don’t care.

“I’m back on the job site in high visibility with two hammers in my hands.”

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