DUSTIN PORIER has vowed to 'sweep' Conor McGregor's lead leg in their blockbuster trilogy fight.
The former interim lightweight champion will renew his rivalry with The Notorious a week on Sunday in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
Poirier, 32, scored a stunning second-round KO victory in his January rematch with the MMA superstar, who he brutalised with calf kicks.
And The Diamond has hinted he'll utilise the same tactic in their Sin City series decider, writing on Instagram: "2 weeks away UFC 264.
McGregor, also 32, has vowed to be better prepared for the debilitating kicks, which hindered his movement and took the sting out of his piston-like left hand.
Poirier reckons The Notorious will look to return the favour, telling Teddy Atlas: "For me, whenever those low calf kicks first started getting more popular, and I’m a southpaw so for these calf kicks to work, it has to be against another southpaw.
“I fought Jim Miller a few years ago back in New York at the Barclay Center, and he was the first guy to use them against me.
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"And after that fight, my leg was so damaged, I had a whole new respect for the calf kick, the low leg kick game, and I’m expecting Conor to do the same now.
“He felt how crippling those kicks and how painful those kicks are and how much it changes the dynamic of a fight that I think he’s going to try and use them against me now.
"I really do, and that’s what I started doing, I started trying to use them every chance I got after I was hurt with them.”
Defeat to Poirier was McGregor's third in his last six octagon outings and stretched his winless run in the lightweight division to nearly five years.
The UFC's poster boy is relishing the opportunity to exact revenge on his old featherweight rival, saying: "I lost that night, it stung. And I must get that back.
"Now I have an opportunity to get my revenge."
McGregor, the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously, is determined to get back into the win column in spectacular fashion and avenge his fifth career loss.
He told Fox Sports: "I'm in great condition already. I beat him in the original bout [in 2014]. I lost in the rematch.
"And then we've got trilogy, I've got a few little adjustments to make.
"I feel very, very confident. I'm very focused and driven.
"And I'll go in there and put on one hell of a performance and get it back on July 10th."
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