Usually eccentric, Conor McGregor was oddly wise and respectful Thursday at a press conference in preparation for his fight against Dustin Poirier this Saturday in the United Arab Emirates in UFC 257.
“It’s an honor to share the octagon with this man,” McGregor even said of Poirier.
The 32-year-old Irishman has notably shown respect for the course of Poirier (26-6-1) who, he noted, “got up and became a champion”.
McGregor (22-4) recalled their first duel between the two fighters, in September 2014, at UFC 178. The one nicknamed “The Notorious” then took less than two minutes to pass the knockout. to his opponent in the first round.
“It’s not enough,” McGregor said, regarding the length of the first fight. I think I can hit him soon enough and hurt him, but I hope it will be a nice, long battle. “
Present at the press conference, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White, was obviously asked about the champion Khabib Nurmagamedov, who could come out of retirement to face the winner of Saturday’s duel.
“We’ll see what happens this weekend first,” White replied simply.
The UFC 257 gala, including the final between McGregor and Poirier in the lightweight, will be broadcast from 10 p.m. live on Indigo.