Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (16-3) has heard enough of his opponent for this Saturday’s UFC 178 pay-per-view Conor McGregor (15-2)…or has he? Dustin Porier knows what Conor is doing by running his mouth is essentially what’s best for business. In a recent encounter with The Great MMA Debate, he shared his thoughts on the Ireland native’s recent antics.
“Even if it’s not putting pressure on him, he’s selling the fight, he’s working for me, he’s doing the footwork,” Poirier said. “I just sit back and train and prepare and he gets everybody hyped up about it. He’s kind of like a Chael Sonnen — people are either watch to see him do what he says he’s going to do or they’re going to tune in to watch him get his ass whipped. Either way, they’re going to be watching me fight and that’s important. This guy needs to get his ass whipped and his mouth shut,” Poirier said. “I’m the guy to serve the humble pie.”
However the seemingly cool Dustin changed his tune quite a bit in another interview with MMA Fighting. He brought up the malicious words that Conor used against him and addressed his feelings on why he’s rising so fast in popularity.
“It’s like, man, are you serious? Who is this guy?” said Poirier to Chuck Mindenhall for MMA Fighting. “He’s fought a couple of guys, but I’ve fought a lot of guys, better guys. But you know what, it doesn’t matter. I know who I am, and everybody’s going to find out again. They’ve given him a lot of hype and have been pushing him and all that, and I’m not sure if it’s because of him representing such a big market in Ireland or because they really might think they have something with this guy. But man, I’ve built where I’m at with my bare hands, you know? And I take pride in that. And when they do that to guys…I’ve been busting my ass to be where I’m at. I live this life. Then again, hey, that’s fighting, man. I get a chance to go out there and beat him. I’m not going to sit here and whine about it. I can’t change the fact that the UFC is doing that, or that they really like this guy. All I can do is prepare to whip his ass.”
Dustin Porier continued the verbal assault on McGregor starting with his recent push, then shifted gears a bit to a more personal attack–something Conor is used to giving more than receiving.
“I don’t like the guy, I don’t like him as a person. I think he talks a big game, like he wants to fight, and that he wants to be in the dog fight. He talks like he’s that kind of person. But if you watch his footage I don’t think he is. He’s knocked guys out, but he’s more of a point-fighter. He wants to throw stuff and look pretty and be unorthodox and circle. He doesn’t want to fight. So I’m going to bring the fight to him. I’m going to stay in his face. I have ultimate confidence in my skills on the feet and on the ground, so I feel like I can finish him anywhere it goes. I’m just going to get in there and be the bully. He tries to bully guys [outside the cage]; we’ll see how he handles it when it happens to him [inside].”