UFC boss Dana White got a 'full knee to the rib' after Conor McGregor tried to kick Dustin Poirier at press conference
DANA WHITE revealed he got a 'full knee to the rib' after Conor McGregor tried to kick Dustin Poirier at their UFC 264 press conference.
The lightweight rivals faced off on Thursday ahead of their trilogy decider in Las Vegas over the weekend.
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When they rematched in January – seven years after McGregor knocked out Poirier – the two were nothing but cordial.
But since the Irishman's second-round defeat, is has once again fulled the bad blood which threatened to spill over when they faced off.
McGregor threw a kick at Poirier, but it was actually UFC president White who took the damage.
In an episode of the UFC's behind-the-scenes, 'Embedded' series, he said: "Oh yeah, that was a full knee right to the rib.
"I knew he was going to kick too, because I had his hand, I knew he was going to f***ing kick."
A day later, both tipped the scales at 156lb, the limit for a lightweight non-title fight, with verbal warfare continuing afterwards.
McGregor said: “In 16 hours time, this man is going to learn that when you disrespect a person’s kindness and take it as a weakness, you must pay.
“Tomorrow night, I’m gonna make this man pay with his life — and I mean it. You’re dead in that octagon tomorrow night.”
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Before McGregor's second-round KO defeat to Poirier seven months ago, the 32-year-old pair were respectful and cordial.
The Irishman even vowed to donate $500,000 to his opponent's 'Good Fight Foundation' charity.
But afterwards, controversy erupted as Poirier accused McGregor of not following through with his promise.
It sparked an online feud between the duo which has fuelled animosity heading into their immediate rematch.
McGregor later donated the $500,000 to an opposing children's charity Poirier's hometown of Louisiana.
Despite the former two-weight champion promising to make Poirier pay the consequences, the American remained unbothered by the threats.
He said: “It means nothing. It’s noise. Tomorrow night, tune in. I want to thank you all for the cheers and for the boos.”
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