Dustin Poirier admitted he has fallen out of love with fighting after his rematch win over Conor McGregor in January at UFC 257.
Newly-released footage shows the Louisiana native telling commentators Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier and Paul Felder that he doesn’t like to fight any more, just moments after the biggest win of his career.
Poirier reportedly considered his future after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019, but is now set for a multi-million-dollar payday when he faces McGregor on Saturday in a trilogy.
“I don’t like this,” Poirier can be heard saying from the cage, “I don’t like fighting anymore, I’m not in love with this no more.
“But I’m a dog, baby.”
The footage also shows his muted backstage celebrations with his team, including head coach Mike Brown and wife Jolie, admitting he was “surprised” with how easily some of his game plan was executed.
And in footage which is in stark contrast to last night’s heated press conference, there is a lot of respect shown between the two, with McGregor saying it was an honour to share the octagon with Poirier.
That relationship has certainly gone south since the second bout, and the pair were at loggerheads at last night’s press conference ahead of their trilogy on Saturday night.
McGregor even referenced the footage on stage, mocking Poirier for his comments, saying: “He’s done – this is it for him.
“This is the end of the road, even after that last fight he was saying ‘Oh I don’t love this anymore, I don’t love doing this.’
“He knew what was coming, he knew the smacks he took, so it’s on now.
“Saturday night, he’s getting walked around that Octagon like a dog and put to sleep.”
And in an earlier interview with News.com.au, McGregor added to his thoughts on the matter, saying: “If anything, he’s the one who said ‘I don’t like this no more’ after he won.
“Imagine after you win the biggest fight of your career saying ‘I don’t like this any more’, he didn’t like the smacks he got, he got the worst smacks.
“He just immobilized the leg and I was against the fence with no leg to stand on, he hit the switch but it was a two second job before I was back.
“He says he put me in airplane mode, yeah handy, airplane mode is just a flick of a button to get back, you know what I mean?
“So, that’s it, like I said I electrocuted him; first fight I drilled his head off the floor like a basketball and second fight I electrocuted him, third fight, he’s dead.”
The winner of Saturday’s bout between No.1 ranked Poirier and No.5 McGregor will likely face Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title in his first title defence later this year.
Should McGregor end up in that spot, it would be the first time he has fought three times in a calendar year since 2016.