DUSTIN POIRIER has touched down on Fight Island ahead of his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor.
The former interim lightweight champion will throw down with his old featherweight rival a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
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Fan favourite Poirier, who came up short in his first meeting with McGregor six years ago at UFC 178, arrived in the UAE on Tuesday.
And after getting settled in at the plush W Hotel – which is where the fighters will reside for the next 11 days -Poirier announced his arrival on Yas Island to his 1.9million Instagram followers.
He wrote: "Fight Island! It's going down next weekend!'
Poirier, 31, suffered a brutal first-round knockout loss in his first meeting with McGregor at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
But the American insists their rematch isn't about exacting revenge.
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He told MMA Junkie: "This is a completely different fight. We’re both completely different fighters, and I’m not really looking back at that first fight.
“I was emotional in the first one. I wanted to hurt the guy. This time I just want to outsmart him, just want to beat him. This is business. This isn’t any ill will towards the guy.
“When I was younger, I used to fight with a lot of emotion. This isn’t the same thing for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge type of thing for me.
"This is about moving my career forward, about putting my family in a better spot.
"It’s not trying to get back a guy who got me. This is just business.”
Poirier is eager to make his second meeting with The Notorious an all-out war and to test the Irishman's mental toughness.
He told Comedian Theo Von: "I didn’t even get to fight [the first time].
“The fight hadn’t even blossomed — but that’s fighting. Anything can happen under those lights.
"If you’re talking about game planning, what I want for us to both be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight.
"Then we can find out who’s a real fighter. That’s what I want. I want to be bleeding with a minute of the first round clock.
"I want both of us to be bleeding and really have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter. See who really wants to be in there.
“Because I don’t have a safety net. I want to be in there, and I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does. And that’s uncomfortable.
"I’m not looking forward to getting busted open but if we can get to that point where both of us are tired and bleeding, then we can see who has more grit and more want, and I think I win that fight ten out of ten times.”
The winner of Poirier vs McGregor II will likely fight for the lightweight title, which, despite Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement last October, is still not vacant.
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