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Conor McGregor vows to ‘cheque’ Dustin Poirier’s calf kicks as UFC continue to work trilogy fight after brutal KO loss

CONOR MCGREGOR has vowed to 'cheque' Dustin Poirier's leg kicks in their eagerly-anticipated trilogy fight.

The Notorious had his lead leg brutalised by The Diamond in their UFC 257 showdown in January, which he lost via second-round KO.

Immediately after his third octagon loss, McGregor, 32, vowed to nullify the debilitating strikes in his next meeting with the former interim lightweight champion.

And he doubled down on his declaration early on Wednesday morning, tweeting: "Guys I’m gonna cheque the leg kick."

McGregor's misspelling didn't go unnoticed by fans, who were quick to call him out on it.

The ever-defiant Notorious responded: "I spell it cheques."

McGregor is champing at the bit to exact revenge on his former featherweight rival but is adamant he'll go into their rubber match wary of the devastating effects of calf kicks.

He wrote on Instagram: "What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting!

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“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight. Best condition I’ve ever been in.

“After the wrestling and clinch exchanges, my shots still held their pop.

"First time for me with this so I am very encouraged to keep going.

“It was the first time I did not use/nor need the stool between rounds also. I did need the stool after though that’s for sure.

“I am extremely happy I did not need to use the stool between rounds here anyway.

"Another first for me! I am most certainly on the right path. Despite the loss I am on the correct path of evolution.”

He added: “One a piece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!

“Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be.

“This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”

A series decider between McGregor and Poirier, the No.6 and No.1-ranked lightweights in the world, is currently in the works for the summer.

Fan favourite Poirier recently told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “We’re just trying to get the right deal structured.

“This is going to be a big fight. He knocked me out, (and) I knocked him out. The trilogy.

“For sure one of the biggest fights this year, but maybe of all time. … I don’t directly talk to them.

“They talk to my manager, Rob Roveta. We try to put ourselves in the best position to sit at the table with them and have a legit conversation about getting this fight booked.

“We’re trying to structure the right deal, and when that happens, the fight will be on. Until then, we’ll see.”

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