Conor McGregor drags Dustin Poirier’s wife into rivalry as UFC star shares Instagram DM

 Conor McGregor has dragged Dustin Poirier's wife into their rivalry by sharing an Instagram direct message request from her.

The Irishman faces Poirier in a trilogy bout on Saturday, headlining UFC 264.

They are due to come face-to-face before then at their Thursday press conference, but McGregor has already started the mind games.

The Irishman posted a screenshot that appeared to show Poirier's childhood sweetheart Jolie requesting to send him a message.

There was no accompanying message.

But the insinuation will likely make Poirier furious and add an extra bite to the pre-fight build-up.

BACKSTAGE VISIT

Before McGregor, 32, was knocked out by Poirier, also 32, in January he vowed to donate $500,000 to his opponent's charity.

After the fight, Jolie visited him backstage and personally thanked him.

She said: “I just wanted to say thank you so much.”

McGregor replied: “Congratulations tonight, he fought a great fight.”

Controversy ensued in the months after, as McGregor was accused of not following through with his donation.

But he later gave $500,000 to a different children's charity in Poirier's hometown of Louisiana.

McGregor first knocked out the American in 2014 and did so after brutally trash talking him in the build up.

When they fought for a second time, he was full of respect for Poirier, even embracing with hugs.

But now, with his career in the balance with a must-win scenario, McGregor has again cranked up the mind games.

He told Poirier in a Twitter video: "Dustin? Pea-head? I'm coming for you peahead. Silly hillbilly."

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