Conor McGregor has sent an emotional message to his family as he gears up for his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier next month.
The former two weight world champion has opted to leave his family back in Dubai while he prepares to fight Poirier for a third time on July 10 at UFC 264, in an effort to become like a 'wild animal'.
He has told his children and fiancée in a Twitter post today that he would be 'back in a few weeks' after 'busting up' the American.
"I’ll be back in a few weeks my sweetheart," McGregor posted as a caption on a photo of him in Dubai. "Just going to bust a man up. Tell the kids daddy loves them."
He told fans in a social media Q&A last month that he would be leaving the family at home, a big change from his bouts with Floyd Mayweather, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone and the January rematch.
Replying to a question about training his son Conor Jr to fight, McGregor made the admission that he would be fighting away from his fiancee Dee Devlin and children Conor, Rian and Croia.
“I am going to do this fight away from the family,” McGregor said. “For a change. Fights and boppies and cuddles is a hard one to balance, I’m going into this one a wild dog.”
McGregor and Devlin became parents for the third time when she gave birth to their third child on May 27 this year.
McGregor took to Instagram to post a picture with his new son, saying: "The McGregor Clan is now a family of 5.
"Healthy baby boy delivered! Baby and Mammy Wonder Woman are doing great! God I thank you for everything you give to me and my family in this world.
"My new born son, Rían McGregor."
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The couple, who have been together since McGregor was working as an apprentice plumber and fighting on small regional shows, welcomed their first child Conor Jr. in early 2017.
Then they had their first daughter Croia in January 2018, and decided to take a more private approach to her first few weeks.
Conor Jr is known for stealing the show at media events during McGregor fight weeks, but is expected to stay in the Middle East when his dad takes on Poirier next month.
The winner of McGregor-Poirier 3 is likely to be the next challenger for the new UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira's belt later this year.
McGregor and Poirier have fought twice already in 2014 and earlier this year, with the Irishman winning the first and the American earning his revenge in the second
Their first bout was over within a matter of seconds when McGregor knocked down Poirier in a fight that earned him a title eliminator with Denis Siver.
And after Poirier went on a tear of his own that included a brief interim lightweight title reign, they met again in Abu Dhabi this January, with the American returning the favour with a second round stoppage.
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