The lightweight star has seen how the fighters have been negotiating by themselves through social media and Iaquinta thinks Poirier is acting like a McGregor fan who is fighting McGregor.
“What is that guy doing?” Iaquinta said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “What is he, Conor’s fan? He’s like a fan fighting Conor. It’s so cringey. Conor’s like, ‘I’ll fly you over, and I’ll donate my money to your charity.’ I’d be like, ‘Bro, I’ll fly my (expletive) self over and when I beat the (expletive) out of you, I’ll donate my own money. What is this? Kumbaya? Like what the hell. Are you kidding? He’s lost the fight already. If the fight happens, there’s not a doubt in my mind Dustin’s losing that fight. He’s already (conceded) in everything. He’s like, ‘Thank you for the fight. We’ll fight in Ireland or wherever, and thank you, we’ll fight for charity, it’ll be great.’ It’s like, dude, get out of here. This is a fight. What? Are you freakin’ kidding me? You’re gonna thank the guy? You think Conor is really gonna – this is for him, this is not for you, Dustin. Relax, bro.”
Part of the social media negotiations between McGregor and Poirier saw both agree to donate money to various charities, as well as a charity fight in December before the UFC got involved and sent both fighters a contract for a 2021 fight.