Conor McGregor is back in the Octagon this weekend and he is full of his usual self-confidence and fighting talk.
The flamboyant Irishman takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Saturday night and McGregor reckons he will have no problem beating the “journeyman”.
"He's a journeyman fighter, and that's what I see," McGregor said. "He doesn't impress me at all. I believe he's a basic fighter, he throws basic shots, and in my eyes he's a journeyman. It's that simple.
“I have no doubt in my mind that P Head was looking at that fight with Diego Brandao, praying for Diego to win,” added McGregor.
McGregor has sprung to prominence in UFC circles and built a reputation as a somewhat confident, cocky and arrogant fighter. And with good reason.
“Let’s not kid ourselves on who is the big star here. I am the big star on this show. I wouldn’t like to be preparing to face me and I know he doesn’t like it," added McGregor.
“When he wakes up I’m in his head. When he goes to sleep I’m in his head. When he eats his food I’m in his head. Every single second I’m in his head.
“Dustin thinks it’s all talk but when he wakes up with his nose plastered on the other side of his face he will know that it’s not all talk.”
But McGregor says it’s nothing personal, just business and had a few kind words for Poirier. Well as kind as it gets for McGregor anyway.
“Don’t get me wrong, I like the kid. He is a quiet little hillbilly from the back arse of nowhere. I have nothing against the guy but coming up against me, that’s not going to be good. I’m going to crack him with a jab and put him away early.
“Dustin’s little P head is going to get removed. It will be put in my collection and I will go on and get the gold.”
The so-called “quiet hillbilly from the back arse of nowhere” wasn’t so quiet in his response to McGregor.
“He seems like a scumbag. He is full of himself. For me looking at him I see an almost immature guy who doesn’t understand the whole game yet,” said Poirier.
“He is riding a really big wave. He has a lot of rhythm but he is about to get knocked off it. I walk the walk. Conor talks the talk.
“Conor is a clown, he is a joke to me.”
Watch the preview video to Saturday's fight here...