‘I‘d love to taste hot sauce’: Conor McGregor tells UFC 257 foe Poirier to bring bottle and warns he has ‘a million shots’ (VIDEO)
Returning superstar McGregor spoke excitedly about the Louisiana-style hot sauce which takes Poirier's name, adding that he had been "impressed" by the progress the American had made since losing to him in little more than a minute in 2014.
Despite that praise, McGregor admitted that he did not expect to be tested by Poirier as he seeks a challenge that can take him further than Donald Cerrone did a year ago, when his victory took 40 seconds.
"You've got the hot sauce?" McGregor asked Poirier in a jovial exchange between the pair who will clash on "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The competitive fire is still there, but so is the respect.@TheNotoriousMMA and @DustinPoirier will share the Octagon, some hot sauce, and a vision for the donation discussed back in October. #UFC257pic.twitter.com/mI8FBmzHvu— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 21, 2021
This was cringe worthy how nice they were to each other. I thought they were going to play patty cake next jeez.— Robert Arroyo, M.Ed (@_rarroyo) January 21, 2021
khabib really made him humble wooow— Maher 賢い juveⓂ️ (@maher3amer) January 21, 2021
"I'd love to taste the hot sauce. I've got to taste it first, though. I don't put my name to something unless it's proper, the finest."
Poirier promised he had a bottle of the fiery condiment, which trades for $12 a pop, ready. "You'll taste it on Sunday morning and then I'll give you a bottle," he pledged, before explaining that McGregor would be backing his charity.
"McGregor Sports Entertainment did reach out to my team foundation. We have huge plans for that. You're going to help a lot of people with that."
I just watched the #UFC257 press conference. So clear that McGregor is in Poirier's head! McGregor has transformed into a humble fighter; he mentioned Poirier's hot sauce and his foundation, meanwhile all of Poirier's answers are about how he's thankful for the opportunity.— Danny Podolsky (@PodolskyDanny) January 21, 2021
If Dustin beats Conor I will buy a bottle of Poirier’s Louisiana Style Hot Sauce and apply it directly to both my eyes— CTE DABBER (@ForgotHowToRead) January 20, 2021
I feel like Conor has beaten Dustin again before the fight has started. #UFC257— Crack Hardly (@CrackHardly) January 21, 2021
Pleasantries and his inexhaustible willingness to plug his whiskey brand aside, McGregor assured a rapt press conference that he believed he could "hit and possibly hurt" Poirier from the off again and "get him out of there early".
"He's put in the hard work," he observed. "I've been impressed, I think the whole business has been impressed.
"After that loss many, many years ago he rose up, became champion, he's given so much back.
Dude poirier looked scared when conor mentioned his hot sauce . I think this whole conference was just demoralising for dustin— Fuck Ali (@DabboMFS) January 21, 2021
Looked back at the Poirier Hooker and Poirier Khabib pressers to make sure I'm not going mental. But no, he was talking confidently, even smiling at the Khabib one. Whilst yesterday he looked like he'd swallowed a bee whilst talking about his charity and hot sauce 😂— ~:The Burgundy Arm:~ (@Trunk_Muzik) January 22, 2021
We can thank the goat for leading by example and setting these fighters on the right track pic.twitter.com/ZYCz5mZJD2— Keith Hopkins ❁ (@KeithHo62243005) January 21, 2021
"That fire is there and there's no denying that it's going to be a good clash, a fire-filled bout, but the respect is admirable for this man, for me.
"I have a million shots. I have so many weapons in my arsenal, all fine-tuned. I'm in a phenomenal place.
"I keep showing up here. Someone's going to be able to stay with me and I hope it's this Saturday night.
"Do I think so? I do not. I am in some shape here and I am coming to put on a masterpiece, so I'm excited."Also on rt.com Make or break: Conor McGregor may have to dance to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s tune if he is to rematch the UFC lightweight champion