Sunday was an eventful day for MMA fans around the world, as Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor engaged in a brutal war of words on Twitter.
Poirier kicked things off by revealing that McGregor hasn’t followed through with the $500,000 donation he promised to The Good Fight Foundation before UFC 257. Poirier claimed that he and his team have tried to contact McGregor and his team regarding the donation, but the Irishman’s team has been ‘ghosting’ him.
That's a fun prediction! @TheNotoriousMMA you also predicted a donation to my foundation and you and your team stopped responding after the fight in January.
See you soon.
July 10th Paid In Full!
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 11, 2021
Conor McGregor was obviously not very pleased with the negative PR, and immediately clapped back at Poirier. He said that Poirier’s team never came back with the plans on how they were going to spend his donation, and therefore, he chose not to initiate the transaction. ‘The Notorious’ also hinted that he didn’t fully trust Poirier and his charity organization.
A donation, not a debt. We’ve been awaiting the plans for the money that never came. I do with all my donations. Know where it’s going dot for dot. Otherwise it goes walking. As is the case with a lot of these foundations, sadly. You took the McG over the belt shows I was right.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 12, 2021
He then tweeted that his trilogy fight with Poirier, scheduled to headline UFC 264 was off and he was going to fight someone else.
You’re ripped you inbred hillbilly. Why do you wink with your ears? You fucking brain dead hillbilly. 500k with no plan in place. Ye hang tight. Fool. You must be new to money. The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 12, 2021
Social media have been flooded with memes and opinions since then, with each having their own unique take on the issue. Some also think that the Twitter feud is ‘staged’ to gain more attention.
Staged or not, the Twitter spat between Poirier and McGregor will certainly have implications ahead of their UFC 264 bout. Here are 5 takeaways from Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor’s Twitter war.
Poirier’s Playing The Game Well
In 2014, Conor McGregor was at his trash-talking best, whereas Poirier was a hot-headed young man, looking to wreck everything in his way. It’s 2021 now and things have changed dramatically. McGregor’s trash-talking has lost its aura, and Poirier now understands the business side of things much better.
If anything, he’s the one playing mind games this time around and forcing reactions out of McGregor. ‘The Diamond’ has been in his prime form inside and outside the Octagon, and he’s making sure he’s paid in full. The thing that makes Poirier’s mind games so effective is that he understands where to draw the line.
He isn’t putting the respect he has earned over the years on the line for money. He is very subtle in his actions and it’s paying off. McGregor has worked really hard to improve his public image over the past few months, and Poirier simply ruined it all in less than 260 characters. A big win for the Louisiana native.
Return Of The Mean Mac
Conor McGregor is BACK. McGregor’s ‘Nice Guy’ gimmick was fun while it lasted. It showed a different and more evolved side of the Irishman’s personality, but it was always meant to be short-lived. Let’s be honest, Dana White wanted Khabib vs McGregor 2 more than anything else in the world.
Should that have happened, McGregor would never have been a ‘Nice Guy’ to Khabib.
The truth is, McGregor’s simply not effective as a ‘Nice Guy’. Whether the Twitter feud was ‘staged’ or not, the Irishman going back to the basics, in terms of his fighting style and pre-fight drama is in the best interests of the UFC, McGregor, and Poirier, because it means they’ll all be getting richer in the summer.
Things Should Get Dirty
The environment pre-UFC 257 was so friendly that it was hard to believe Conor McGregor was headlining the card.
Not anymore, however. Poirier has hit McGregor where it hurts him the most, his public image. The Louisiana native has portrayed him as a ‘FRAUD’ in front of the whole world, right when he didn’t want any bad PR. He’s had his issues in the past, with the bus attack, the bar altercations, and sexual assault allegations. He was anything but a ‘FRAUD’ before Sunday, and now he’s that too.
Things have got a little personal between the two, and the next two months are going to be very dark, unless the two bury the hatchet. Which they’ll probably do after the fight, anyway, but we should expect a wild ride in the coming months.
Fight Would Sell More
Conor McGregor normally does great pay-per-view numbers, and him fighting a fierce rival would just make things a whole lot better.
McGregor’s biggest pay-per-view, which was also the biggest in UFC history, was against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, who was a fierce and invincible foe. While Poirier might not bring the same level of threat as the Russian, he’s still the first and only man to knock McGregor out in an MMA fight, so McGregor fans will surely be biting their nails when the two lock horn in their trilogy fight.
The major threat level coupled with bad blood is exactly what sells pay-per-views. Plus, their fight will surely be in a packed arena, which means there’s a lot more money to make.
Is The Fight Really Off?
No. Conor McGregor says a hundred things, and backtracks from 99 of them. He’s definitely not giving up on the idea of fighting Poirier, because there’s too much on the line for him.
Not only does he desperately want to earn the bragging rights in their rubber match, but he’d also want to punish Poirier for smearing his name.
Conor McGregor won’t be satisfied until he knocks out Dustin Poirier.
Who do you think wins the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264?