Conor McGregor has picked up a black eye in training for his fight with Dustin Poirier next month, an Instagram post appears to show.
The Irishman was advertising his new line of shark skin ‘August McGregor’ suits to his 40million+ followers on the social media site, sporting a shiner under his left eye.
McGregor is currently preparing for a massive trilogy bout with Poirier on July 10 at UFC 264 in Las Vegas, and has been training in California with long-time coaches Owen Roddy and John Kavanagh to prepare.
He spent six months in Dubai following his second bout with Poirier in January, in which he was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career by the Louisiana native.
There, he trained at the UFC gym, and welcomed his third son, Rian with fiancee Dee Devlin, from whom he has now moved away for the benefit of getting focused for his comeback.
McGregor has had a stop-start MMA career since winning the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, including a transition to boxing where he faced Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
He lost that boxing bout, but won the respect of the boxing public for his performance at the world level, before returning to the cage in 2018 to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title.
That was another unsuccessful effort, and since winning the 155 lb belt, McGregor’s MMA record is only 1-2, meaning this fight with Poirier is vitally important for his standing in the sport.
However, a win over the number one contender in the division would immediately return McGregor to the top of the table, and the winner of the bout is expected to challenge newly crowned champion Charles Oliveira later in the year.
The Brazilian has called out McGregor previously, and has said in recent interviews that he is willing to wait and see who wins at UFC 264 before deciding when his next title fight will be.
“I think everybody knows we’ll wait for Conor and Dustin [to fight] and the next challenger will be whoever wins,” he told MMA Fighting last month after beating Michael Chandler to win the belt that was vacated by Nurmagomedov.
“I’ll go back to training eyeing that, waiting for the next opponent. I’ll enjoy the moment, a unique moment in my life, and wait for this fight to happen to see who’s next.
“There’s not much they can do [other than that], there’s nowhere to go. I think that’s the fight to make, so I’ll wait and see what happens. I’m enjoying the moment, but I won’t stop training.
“It’s going to be a great fight. Honestly, to me, it doesn’t matter.
“Whoever wins, I know it’s going to be a great fight. It makes no difference to me. Let’s wait.”
UFC 264 will be the first MMA event in Las Vegas with a full capacity crowd since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, and tickets sold out in seconds for the 20,000 seat T-Mobile Arena.