- Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor have been face-to-face three times so far
- McGregor won in 2014, before Poirier returned twice earlier this year
- The two fighters were embroiled in a bitter war of words before scrapping
- But Poirier praises McGregor, says he is ‘the biggest punch’ he’s faced
Dustin Poirier has described Conor McGregor as “the greatest puncher ever”, and has also called his opponent a “special person”.
Former interim lightweight champion Poirier knocked out fighters in the octagon three times, suffering a first-round knockout at UFC 178 in 2014.
But since then, he has claimed victories in his second and third appearances after the ‘notorious’ McGregor suffered a sick leg break earlier this year.
Dustin Poirier reveals Conor McGregor (left) is the ‘biggest punch’ he’s ever faced
His impressive record against the Irishman hasn’t dampened his positive opinion of his power, and Poirier acknowledged that McGregor is a formidable opponent.
‘Conor McGregor’ [packs the heaviest punch]’There’s no doubt about it,’ said Poirier Patrick Bett-David and Valuation.
‘As the biggest puncture I’ve fought? Yes, he is definitely a special person.
McGregor and Poirier have fought thrice, this year having suffered two defeats to Notorious
Top UFC PPV
1: UFC 229 – Khabib vs. McGregor (2018) (2.4 m)
2: UFC 264 – Poirier vs. McGregor 3 (2021) (1.8m – Approximate)
3: UFC 202 – Diaz vs. McGregor 2 (2016) (1.65m)
4: UFC 100 – Lesnar vs. Frank Mir 2 (2009) (1.6m)
5: UFC 257 – Poirier vs. McGregor 2 (2021) (1,504,737)
‘Fought him in 2014, lost, and he was at it, you know his trajectory was just the sky’s the limit.
‘He was on his way and he broke everyone else, becoming a two-weight champion.’
McGregor is in the middle of a win race in his last four UFC appearances, but pay-per-view figures for his second appearance with Poirier show he remains a superstar.
Making his return to the sport at UFC 257 nine months ago, McGregor faced fellow lightweight Poirier to reach the pinnacle at 155 pounds.
However, he was stopped by a knockout in the second round, which dashed his hopes of a rematch against nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In the wake of the bout, the report claimed it had achieved 1.6 million pay-per-view purchases, making it the third-largest PPV card in UFC history.
Taking to Twitter, McGregor has confirmed that the actual figure was in fact 1,504,737, which was shown on the paperwork he received.
Despite his one win in four UFC bouts, PPV figures show McGregor remains a superstar
McGregor posts paperwork showing UFC 257 card, which saw 1,504,737 pay-per-view purchases
Incredibly, the PPV price for the showpiece was set at $69.99 (£51,43) for subscribers of ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+.
McGregor holds six of the top 10 PPV spots in the UFC. His defeat at the hands of Khabib remains on top of 2.4m buys.
He is currently in Miami on his whistle-stop tour of the United States, having already visited California, New York and Chicago.
Providing another update for his followers, McGregor posted an image of him with a shark after a successful day fishing in the state.
He said, ‘Caught a shark from my backyard garden in Miami today.’
He later returned the shark to the water, posting: ‘Back you in my little ocean crater. protect the ocean. Fish responsibly.’
He is spending time in the United States and recently caught a shark in Miami, Florida