Conor McGregor says he is in "vicious mode" ahead of his eagerly-awaited trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier this weekend.
The Irishman will be seeking revenge when he meets Poirier for a third time at UFC 264 on Saturday night, having suffered the first knockout defeat of his career in their rematch at the end of January.
Before that bout at UFC 257 he gained plaudits for a newfound sense of civility and coolness in press conferences and interviews leading into it.
However, there is no more Mr Nice Guy ahead of Saturday's pivotal trilogy bout, with McGregor back to his usual, bullish self.
"I'm in a vicious mode. No family around," he said in an interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport.
"I'm a badman without the fam, do you know what I mean? That's the way I'm feeling right now.
"Everything happens for a reason, everything comes full circle and I feel I'm in a good place right now.
"I feel I'm in the place I need to be in."
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When asked why he has been staying more under the radar than usual in the media heading into the trilogy with Poirier, McGregor responded: "'Cos I do what I want Ariel. I do what I want.
"I'm keeping this enemy in a suspense of terror, and that's it. You're paid to see my work."
Helwani then asked if he thinks Poirier is in a "state of terror", and McGregor replied: "Of course! He's trembling.
"Even after the last win [he said], 'I don't like this anymore! I don't wanna do this anymore!'
"Imagine after your biggest win you're saying that. [It's] because he knows he got electrocuted in both rounds. He got rattled.
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"I had him out on his feet in both rounds, multiple times in the first and even in the second – a bad one in the second.
"So he knows the shots he ate, and he's gonna eat a hell of a lot more that's for sure."
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