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Conor McGregor does not doubt he will put ‘chinny’ Dustin Poirier ‘away in the first round’ at UFC 178

UFC featherweight star Conor McGregor was present at the UFC Media Day in New York yesterday, where he discussed a variety of topics including his co-main event against Dustin Poirier at UFC 178.

It is not often that the spotlight is snatched away from Conor McGregor. The Irishman is generally the most quotable fighter in the room and has always made sure he is plastered on the headlines following any sort of interview, yet this time he was overshadowed by an all-out brawl.

While the focus quickly shifted towards the unexpected eruption on stage between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, McGregor still managed to say a few notable things about his upcoming opponent.

Using the same confident, assertive tone that fans and pundits are now used to, McGregor revealed that he will "put Dustin away in one round and get that belt by the end of the year."

While McGregor did not appear interested in the Poirier match specifically, he understands that "The Diamond" is the perfect opponent for him to move up the rankings and reach an eventual title shot.

"This is just who is next in line, I don't want Dustin particularly, I want them all," McGregor explained at the UFC 178 media day.  "It makes sense. He fought Diego (Brandao), I fought Diego. He fought Max (Holloway), I fought Max. He is ahead in the rankings. It makes sense. He is a perfect opponent."

That was as much of a compliment as McGregor was willing to offer Poirier. He then proceeded to explain how the perennial Top 10 featherweight had become ‘chinny', which the Irishman suggests will be hugely detrimental for Poirier on that faithful Saturday night in Las Vegas.

"I believe he is in over his head here. I believe he has deteriorated skill-wise and chin-wise. I think he's chinny, gets wobbled with a jab. I'm gonnna come in and I'm gonna shut him down and send him home."

UFC 178 takes place September 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.