Dustin Poirier ready to put on a 'legendary performance' in Conor McGregor rematch at UFC 257, says coach Mike Brown

Dustin Poirier ready to put on a 'legendary performance' in Conor McGregor rematch at UFC 257, says coach Mike Brown

DUSTIN POIRIER is all set to turn in a 'legendary performance' against Conor McGregor, according to his head coach Mike Brown.

The former interim lightweight champion will rematch his old featherweight rival a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.

Fan favourite Poirier finished his training camp at American Top Team this week and is set to jet off to the Middle East.

Brown is confident The Diamond will shine in the desert, writing on Instagram: "Camp is complete.

"Time to ship off to Abu Dhabi and @dustinpoirier is ready to put on another legendary performance.

"Every fight delivers and with DP it’s always backed by the 100% violence guarantee."


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Poirier, 31, suffered a brutal first-round KO loss in his first meeting with McGregor six years ago at UFC 178.

The American is determined to get the better of The Notorious second time around but insists revenge is not on his mind.

He told MMA Junkie: "This is a completely different fight. We’re both completely different fighters, and I’m not really looking back at that first fight.

“I was emotional in the first one. I wanted to hurt the guy.

"This time I just want to outsmart him, just want to beat him. This is business. This isn’t any ill will towards the guy.

“When I was younger, I used to fight with a lot of emotion. This isn’t the same thing for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge type of thing for me.

"This is about moving my career forward, about putting my family in a better spot. It’s not trying to get back a guy who got me. This is just business.”

Poirier plans to take McGregor into deep waters, telling comedian Theo Von: "I didn’t even get to fight [the first time].

“The fight hadn’t even blossomed — but that’s fighting. Anything can happen under those lights.

"If you’re talking about game planning, what I want for us to both be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight.

"Then we can find out who’s a real fighter. That’s what I want. I want to be bleeding with a minute of the first round clock.

"I want both of us to be bleeding and really have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter. See who really wants to be in there.

“Because I don’t have a safety net. I want to be in there, and I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does. And that’s uncomfortable.

"I’m not looking forward to getting busted open but if we can get to that point where both of us are tired and bleeding, then we can see who has more grit and more want, and I think I win that fight ten out of ten times.”

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