DUSTIN POIRIER has touched down on Struggle Island forward of his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor.
The previous interim light-weight champion will throw down together with his previous featherweight rival a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
Dustin Poirier will rematch Conor McGregor in the primary occasion of UFC 257
And after getting settled in on the plush W Resort – which is the place the fighters will reside for the following 11 days – Poirier introduced his arrival on Yas Island to his 1.9million Instagram followers.
He wrote: “Struggle Island! It is happening subsequent weekend!’
Poirier, 31, suffered a brutal first-round knockout loss in his first assembly with McGregor at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment.
However the American insists their rematch isn’t about exacting revenge.
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He informed MMA Junkie: “This can be a fully completely different combat. We’re each fully completely different fighters, and I’m probably not trying again at that first combat.
“I used to be emotional within the first one. I wished to harm the man. This time I simply need to outsmart him, simply need to beat him. That is enterprise. This isn’t any ailing will in the direction of the man.
“After I was youthful, I used to combat with numerous emotion. This isn’t the identical factor for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge sort of factor for me.
“That is about shifting my profession ahead, about placing my household in a greater spot.
“It’s not making an attempt to get again a man who obtained me. That is simply enterprise.”
Poirier is keen to make his second assembly with The Infamous an all-out battle and to check the Irishman’s psychological toughness.
He informed Comic Theo Von: “I didn’t even get to combat [the first time].
“The combat hadn’t even blossomed — however that’s combating. Something can occur underneath these lights.
“When you’re speaking about recreation planning, what I need for us to each be dripping blood and hurting and struggling early within the combat.
“Then we are able to discover out who’s an actual fighter. That’s what I need. I need to be bleeding with a minute of the primary spherical clock.
“I need each of us to be bleeding and actually should dig down and see who’s the higher fighter. See who actually desires to be in there.
“As a result of I don’t have a security web. I need to be in there, and I do know that, and I’d like to search out out if he does. And that’s uncomfortable.
“I’m not trying ahead to getting busted open but when we are able to get to that time the place each of us are drained and bleeding, then we are able to see who has extra grit and extra need, and I believe I win that combat ten out of ten occasions.”
The winner of Poirier vs McGregor II will doubtless combat for the light-weight title, which, despite Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement last October, remains to be not vacant.