This past weekend Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier for the second time this year. The first loss was an indisputable beatdown that saw the Irishman stopped by strikes for the first time in his MMA career. The second loss ended by TKO, due to a leg break, and followed a dominant first round performance from ‘The Diamond’.
Throughout the lead-up to the fight McGregor attempted to get under Poirier’s skin with vile threats. McGregor, having lost to Poirier in January under a veil of mutual respect, likely felt like he needed to rattle Poirier in order to win—just like he did when they first met in 2014.
With McGregor hoping to face Poirier again, he’s continued to rant and rave in the most despicable manner he can imagine hoping it will force the promoters hand in making the match-up and then pay dividends in affecting Poirier’s future performance. That behaviour has included threatening to have Poirier and his wife killed in their sleep while he was being attended to in the cage.
It appears as though McGregor has continued to threaten the Poirier family, this time over Twitter. In a series of since deleted messages McGregor warned that he’s a “nasty dude” and “dangerous”. Those tweets were accompanied by pictures of Poirier and his child. McGregor also tweeted the word “Gonezo” during this barrage.
Though Poirier appeared calm and collected throughout the build-up to the fight, during his UFC 264 post-fight press conference he told reporters that he felt McGregor had gone too far.
Poirier expressed disgust, but not shock, that McGregor would resort to such tactics. He also said that those threats would likely mean they would face each other again, either in the cage or “on the sidewalk.”