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Dustin Poirier trolls Conor McGregor by reviving insult from rivals' first fight

Daily Mirror
 26 days ago

Dustin Poirier has jokingly drawn on his first bout with Conor McGregor in his latest social media taunt at his old rival.

McGregor repeatedly trolled Poirier in the build-up to the bout, which was the Irishman's pay-per-view debut, and ultimately did end up getting in the American's head.

McGregor won the fight by knockout within 106 seconds, but Poirier would get the best of the pair's feud in the end, winning their two rematches this year by stoppage.

And Poirier has once again taunted McGregor by reviving one of his rival's old 2014 taunts, referencing his fictitious "cousin Cletus" who was used to imply that Poirier was a "hillbilly".

When the UFC star tweeted an inspirational message, a fan responded saying "I can't remember who said: 'Most people miss their opportunity because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like hard work'."

And Poirier had fans in hysterics when he replied "probably my cousin Cletus".
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have a long-running feud ( Image: Getty Images)

McGregor, at the pre-fight press conference, had said that he in fact liked Poirier, but saw him as a "hillbilly", and referenced the imaginary cousin.

"Look, don't get me wrong, I like the kid," McGregor said back in 2014. "He is a quiet little hillbilly from the backa*** of nowhere.

"I have nothing against the guy, I'm sure he grew up in a circus or a fair - he is a nice little kid.

"His cousin is probably named Cletus or something, he is a nice kid."

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Back then, the pair were fighting at featherweight, or 145lbs, but they both ended up making the move up to lightweight, or 155lbs, where they have each been world champion.

McGregor won belts at both weight classes, first winning the interim featherweight belt against Chad Mendes in July 2015 before unifying the division against Jose Aldo the following December.

And after two brief detours at welterweight against Nate Diaz the following year, McGregor would go on to become the first ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion by beating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight strap.

Poirier, on the other hand, would go on a tear at his new weight, losing just once in his ten fights after the McGregor bout before winning the interim belt against Max Holloway in April 2019.

Unfortunately for Poirier, he would lose his effort at a unification to the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose retirement last year paved the way for another title opportunity.

Poirier turned down the chance to fight for the vacant belt, allowing Charles Oliveira to step in and face Michael Chandler, winning the gold and establishing a new leader at the weight class.

The money offered for a trilogy with McGregor was too much for Poirier to turn down, and he is now number on contender having beaten the Irishman at UFC 264 in July.

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