Conor McGregor wasn’t all insults and whiskey at the UFC 229 pre-fight press conference in New York.
When he wasn’t screaming at Khabib Nurmagomedov or plugging his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey, ‘The Notorious’ one was paying homage to two of his past opponents, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.
McGregor knocked out Poirier in a featherweight matchup back in 2014 and is tied 1-1 with Stockton brawler Diaz.
Diaz and Poirier are scheduled to lock horns in the co-main event of UFC 230, one month after the dust settles from Khabib vs. McGregor at UFC 229.
Speaking of the matchup, former two-division champ McGregor hailed both men as ‘amazing fighters’ and is looking forward to seeing them throw down in the cage on Nov. 3.
“I think it’s gonna be a great fight. Two amazing fighters,” McGregor told reporters on Thursday (h/t Dan Hiergesell of MMA Mania). “Nate Diaz [is] as tough as they come. Dustin Poirier took that loss [to me] on the chin and came back and has showcased a good mental strength and has had some great, phenomenal fights and wins inside the Octagon.”
McGregor also wished both men ‘the best of luck’ ahead of their highly anticipated lightweight contest.
“And i’m very, very much looking forward to it. We’ll see what happens after. So, I wish both men the best of luck and we’ll see.”
McGregor speaks well of his fellow UFC fighters when he’s not busy promoting or selling own fights. The 30-year-old recently congratulated former rival Jose Aldo for his big win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC Calgary, claiming that ‘the whole of Ireland was happy for Jose Aldo that night’.
McGregor could very well go on to face the winner Diaz vs. Poirier if he reclaims his lightweight title against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
The pay-per-view extravaganza takes place next month, Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.