McGregor makes Freudian slip in seven-word tactical plan for Poirier trilogy

Conor McGregor believes he knows how to avenge his defeat by Dustin Poirier – by checking his rival's leg kicks.

McGregor was KO'd by Poirier in January as the American avenged his own defeat by the Irishman in 2014.

In the rematch, McGregor was unable to combat Poirier's savage kicks to his opponent's calf and he was eventually dropped and stopped.

The pair are in negotiations over a third fight in either May or July – and McGregor has defence on his mind.

"Guys I'm gonna cheque the leg kick," he tweeted on Tuesday night.

When it was pointed out to the former two-weight world champion that the word is 'check', he said: "I spell it cheques".

Poirier then responded by joking: "I'm not throwing kicks, just headbutts next time out."

McGregor is no stranger to cashing cheques and will be eyeing another eight-figure pay-day for a third bout with Poirier.

But his rival may well be in the driving seat when it comes to negotiations.

And he told Joe Rogan recently: "Conor wants the trilogy, and I do too. If they want to do it, let's do it.

"We’re just trying to get the right deal structured. This is going to be a big fight. He knocked me out, (and) I knocked him out.

"We are trying to structure the right deal, and when that happens, the fight will be on. Until then, we will see.

"I think the trilogy makes a lot of sense and a lot of money. So we’re just trying to get the right deal structured and see what the timeframe is.

"For a guy like Conor, you want fans in there, even if it’s limited. Right now at the Apex where they’re set up in America, there’s obviously no fans. So where do you do that? And what’s the timeframe?"

The trilogy bout could take place at UFC 262 on May 15 or, more likely, at UFC 264 in July during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

It is hoped substantial crowds will be allowed into arenas by then with US states beginning to open up after the coronavirus pandemic.

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