Conor McGregor stands by Dustin Poirier prediction in defiant press conference

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Conor McGregor has stood by his prediction for taking on Dustin Poirier in a defiant UFC press conference.

The Notorious faced off against his UFC 257 opponent ahead of the big night on Fight Island.

While it is the first time the Irishman will step into the Octagon for a year, he made a big prediction for the bout.

McGregor told BT Sport: “Dustin and his team may take a bit of disrespect from me saying I’m going to knock him out in 60 seconds.”

And he stuck by this when the pair came face-to-face at the pre-fight press conference.

When asked if the prediction put pressure on his own performance, The Notorious said: “I got him out there in 90 seconds the first time, so I’m not that far off.

“That’s a complete confidence in my preparation and ability.

“Dustin’s a great competitor. I know there’s questions that he’s heavier and more experienced but I feel I can do.

“But I feel there are question marks regarding conditioning.

“I’ve put a lot of work in to get myself to the 155lb weight limit.

“I got 40 seconds in the Octagon in 2020 which caused major frustration. It’s not enough _ I need more.

“I believe I can get out there, hit him early and hurt him. But I hope for a good long bout.”

The Irishman was also asked later on in the press conference if he had a particular shot in mind for knocking out Poirier.

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  • And he replied: “I have a million shots. I have so many weapons in my arsenal.

    “They’re all fine-tuned at this time. I’m in a phenomenal place and I look forward to painting a picture and putting on a beautiful performance to fans around the world.”

    McGregor has been in training for 12 weeks, which has seen him take on a strict diet.

    And coach John Kavanagh believes The Notorious is in the “best shape of his life” for his UFC return.

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