Conor McGregor has admitted Dustin Poirier’s corner guy, Thiago Alves, got into his head after the first round of their centerpiece at UFC 257.

‘ The Notorious’ was stunned on his return to the octagon as Poirier declared his revenge for being knocked out for the very first time in his career when they fulfilled at UFC 178.

It was a complete function turnaround on Battle Island six-and-a-half years later, however, with ‘The Diamond’ leaving McGregor slumped on the canvas in the second round.

Much of the 32-year-old’s best work came from the scything kicks he was able to land to McGregor’s lead leg and limit his movement.

Because working with previous boxing coach Phil Sutcliffe, McGregor’s stance appears to have actually altered – with fans keeping in mind the difference between the fleet-footed style he employed at featherweight and the more cumbersome effective method he took.

As quickly as Poirier landed those kicks to McGregor’s ideal leg, the Irishman remained in major difficulty and it turns out he knew it, too.

” The kicks collected, for sure,” he said. “I knew when I saw he had Thiago Alves in his corner. I believed, ‘These’ … I understood what was coming.

” I understood he was going to attempt the low kicks. He’s also knowledgeable taking those low kicks himself, in the past. So that’s my first time to experience it. One of them sunk in early and Thiago stated, ‘That was a great one.’

” And I was in my head, believing, ‘You b ******, that was a good one’. And after that it started accumulating up.”

Alves competed in the UFC himself and even fought Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title in 2009.

Although the Brazilian (who was called ‘Pitbull’) lost on points, he found his calling in coaching and has worked alongside former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown at American Top Team.

Poirier’s striking has actually also improved considering that Alves’ involvement, with signature wins over the likes of Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje all coming through strikes.

Having knocked out McGregor – something no Mixed Martial Arts fighter has actually ever done – Poirier will undoubtedly be believing one more win grant him the opportunity to finally end up being the undisputed UFC lightweight champ of the world.