Conor McGregor attempts to kick Dustin Poirier

LAS VEGAS, 09 July: Conor McGregor kicked out at Dustin Poirier as the Irishman ramped up his war of words with his rival ahead of their showdown at UFC 264.

McGregor will take on the American for the third time at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, this weekend with both men having scored a win over the other.

McGregor makes his UFC comeback on Saturday night trying to avenge his recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.

But after going face to face with Poirier on Thursday night at a press conference, he was criticised by YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul who said: “You can tell Conor has lost ‘it’.

“He no longer speaks from a place of authenticity and you can tell he’s trying to convince himself of his own lies.

“He takes offence to everything now.

He’s bathing in his own insecurity.

“When we fight I will further expose him for the fraud he is.”

Jake Paul also posted a picture taunting McGregor about his knockout loss to Poirier.

The social media superstar could emerge as a future option inside the boxing ring for McGregor.

Read more: Italy vs Spain: Euro 2020 semi-final preview, predictions

Italy and Spain meet in a blockbuster first semi-final at Euro 2020 before an expected crowd of 60,000 at Wembley with Tuesday’s game the latest episode in a burgeoning rivalry between the nations meeting in a fourth consecutive European Championship.

Spain won on penalties in the quarter-finals in Vienna in 2008 on their way to winning the trophy and then thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final in Kyiv four years later.

Italy gained a measure of revenge by winning 2-0 in the last-16 at Euro 2016 and the Azzurri appear the favourites this time as they arrive at Wembley having knocked out Belgium in the quarter-finals to stretch their unbeaten run to a remarkable 32 games.

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