The former two-division champion tweeted out a cryptic voice message late Monday evening, warning Poirier that he’s “coming for” him ahead of their trilogy bout this Saturday at UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“Dustin,” McGregor said in the message. “‘Peahead’ ... I’m coming for you Peahead. Silly hillbilly.”
Following a cordial build to their second fight in January, McGregor and Poirier have shown plenty of public animosity towards one another in the lead-up to UFC 264. Most recently, Poirier said that McGregor’s social media taunts show that McGregor “reeks of insecurity.” McGregor was quick to respond, vowing that Poirier would pay for his words.
Both men have drawn blood in the series. McGregor won their first meeting by first-round TKO at UFC 178 in September 2014 when the two were rising stars in the featherweight division. Seven years later at UFC 257, with both fighters having established themselves as elite lightweights, it was Poirier who finished the fight, putting McGregor away with strikes in the second round.
The rubber match looms and it appears that McGregor is once again working to gain the psychological edge that has played a part in some of his greatest victories.