It was a destructive performance from McGregor that night on his steep rise to the top of the sporting world, and a similarly impressive performance will be needed to perk the interest of Khabib to come out of retirement. McGregor has vowed to “create magic” and produce a “flawless clinic” this weekend to prove his worth as the man in the division. It is also the latest in a line of fights put on by Dana White on the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The card also includes Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler, Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood, Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar and Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas. It has predictably not been a quiet build-up to the fight for McGregor, with a woman filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against him over injuries alleged to have been suffered in relation to events in 2018, with the former UFC champion denying any wrongdoing. We’ll be providing live updates from today’s press conference, and you can expect fireworks from McGregor as he builds the hype for his return:
‘POIRIER’S PREDICTION IS HALF-RIGHT’
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh speaks to The Independent ahead of Saturday’s main event.
HOW CAN POIRIER BEAT MCGREGOR?
Former UFC welterweight and current commentator Dan Hardy tells The Independent what Poirier must do to win this weekend.
THE NIGHT ‘MYSTIC MAC’ WAS BORN
Bruce Buffer, Ariel Helwani, Megan Olivi and Peter Carroll talk to Indy Sport’s Alex Pattle about the build-up to, night of, and aftermath from McGregor’s first fight against Poirier:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DAN HOOKER
Dan Hooker spoke to Indy Sport’s Alex Pattle about his co-main event against Michael Chandler this weekend, the aftermath of his war against Dustin Poirier, and prioritising a world title over $50,000 bonuses…
‘HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN SPOUTING…’
HOOKER IN THE BACKGROUND
Dan Hooker, as expected, received the fewest questions. That is simply to acknowledge that the two main eventers were always likely to receive the most, followed by Hooker’s opponent, UFC debutant Michael Chandler.
But don’t worry, I had my own questions for Hooker last week in an exclusive interview that will drop right here later today.
MCGREGOR ‘ONE OF THE DADDEST MEN ON THE PLANET’
Co-main eventer Chandler said McGregor has gone from being one of the “baddest men on the planet” to one of the “daddest”…
McGregor took it as it was meant, however: as a compliment.
“I appreciate it, bro!”
‘I WILL HIT HIM EARLY AND HURT HIM’
As mentioned, McGregor was fairly tame here, but he did make this prediction: “I think I will hit [Poirier] early and hurt him. His team have been spouting about conditioning.”
RESPECT ALL ROUND
There weren’t exactly fireworks at the press conference, with all men showing one another a lot of respect.
Hooker’s swipe at Charles Oliveira (“Charlie Olives”) was about as fiery as it got.