DUSTIN POIRIER insists that he will beat Conor McGregor 'ten times out of ten' if their UFC 264 clash goes beyond round one.
McGregor and Poirier go head to head inside the Octagon for the second time this year next weekend with their fight series poised at 1-1.
The Notorious suffered a shock second round knockout defeat to Poirier when they met back in January of this year.
The Irishman's victory over The Diamond came by way of a first round knockout triumph back in 2014.
And with the winner of this fight expected to get a shot at the UFC lightweight title, everything is at stake in front of a packed out Las Vegas crowd.
Poirier is confident though if he can make McGregor last the distance he will come out on top on Saturday night.
He told ESPN: “I mean, obviously, he’s gonna try to check calf kicks if I throw them, right?
“Yeah, the martial artist he is and the understanding of fighting he has, I’m sure he can. But I might not even throw calf kicks.
"I’m expecting him to throw calf kicks, honestly. I’m working on countering calf kicks over here. I’m not even working on landing them.
“But I think he’s gonna be more aggressive. He’s not gonna let the fight unfold.
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"I think as it unfolded and as I got more comfortable, he realized, ‘Oh, s***, this guy can really fight.’
"If I was him, I would try to touch me early and keep me out of rhythm.
"Because if this thing starts to blossom into a fight: second, third, fourth, we start hurting in there, we start having to grind it out, we start getting a rhythm, I win that fight 10 out of 10 times.”
McGregor however remains confident he will get the victory this weekend and warned Poirier that he will 'pay' for his talk in the build up to this fight.
He said on an Instagram Live video: “He talks some amount lately. He’s going to pay for that, that’s for sure. It’s not going to be nice."
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