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VIDEO: Dustin Poirier apologizes to Islam Makhachev backstage ahead of UFC 302

LockerRoom Team
02 June 2024

As Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier prepare for their highly anticipated lightweight title bout at UFC 302, tensions have been smoothed over following a heated exchange earlier in the week. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN+ PPV from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

During Thursday's pre-fight press conference, Makhachev and Poirier had a face-to-face encounter that escalated when Poirier, brimming with confidence for what may be his final shot at UFC gold, told Makhachev he was “going to sleep, motherf—ker.” This statement, while common in American trash talk, struck a nerve with Makhachev due to cultural differences, leading to a tense moment on stage.

Recognizing the unintentional disrespect, Poirier sought out Makhachev after Friday’s weigh-ins to offer a sincere apology. The two fighters met backstage to clear the air and resolve any misunderstandings before their headline fight.

“You know me. I would never disrespect your family like that,” Poirier explained.

“He doesn’t know that Americans [say that]. From different countries,” responded Makhachev’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz.

“I know. He didn’t understand,” Poirier acknowledged.

“We know that. All good,” reassured Abdelaziz.

Poirier reiterated, “It’s still war. But I would never disrespect your family. That’s not in my heart.”

Makhachev, understanding the cultural context, responded, “I’m happy. I understand what this means. Because it’s not good in our country. Maybe in US it’s good. But our country, it’s not good.”

With the air cleared, both fighters are now fully focused on their showdown. Fans eagerly await to see who will emerge victorious in this highly anticipated main event.

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