CONOR MCGREGOR is hungrier than ever ahead of his return to the octagon.
The Notorious is less than three months away from a blockbuster trilogy fight with former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier, whom he'll meet in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
McGregor suffered a brutal second-round KO defeat to Poirier in their January rematch at UFC 257.
And defeat to The Diamond has lit a fire under the former two-division UFC champion.
In response to a fan's tweet praising his work ethic, McGregor wrote: "Thank you Sir, I absolutely love it!
"I’m as hungry as I’ve ever been! If not even more hungry!!
"Honoured to be in the position to entertain my fans! I do not take it for granted!
"July 10th is ours!"
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McGregor's rubber match with Poirier will take place in front of a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.
And the 32-year-old is relishing the opportunity to exact revenge on the former interim lightweight champion in front of 20,000 fans.
After the official announcement of the fight, he told ESPN: "I signed my bout agreement this morning.
"I'm going to rip the game a new a**hole July 10.
"The Mac is back in Sin City! Full house!"
McGregor is relishing the winner-takes-all series decider, saying: "One a piece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles!
“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!!”
McGregor's manager – Audie Attar – reckons a third crack at the lightweight title should be in the offing for Ireland's first UFC champion if he gets the better of Poirier in Sin City.
The Paradigm Sports Management chief told MMA Junkie: “I think that only makes sense.
"I think this truly becomes a No1 contender fight.
"I think Chandler vs Oliveira happens and the winner of that faces the winner of McGregor vs Poirier 3.”
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