An early preview of the trilogy struggle between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, focused for UFC 264
The ultimate chapter in Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor is anticipated to be written in July at UFC 264, as the 2 are reportedly focused to headline the July 10 card.
The 2 first met as featherweight contenders at UFC 178, with McGregor scoring a TKO win in just below two minutes. McGregor would go on to develop into featherweight champion a bit over a yr later after which add the light-weight title to his mantle about 11 months after that.
McGregor then went on to pursue a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather earlier than a one-sided loss by the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. He’d return at UFC 246 with a 40-second end of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
After the loss to McGregor, Poirier moved as much as light-weight and located a pleasant string of success, occurring to defeat Max Holloway and develop into the interim light-weight champion at UFC 236. He’d get his shot at Nurmagomedov and the undisputed gold at UFC 242 however got here up quick.
Poirier and McGregor met for a second time in January at UFC 257. This time, it was Poirier getting the TKO within the second spherical, turning into the primary fighter to complete McGregor by way of KO or TKO.
Now, it seems like we’ll get to reply the query of which is the higher fighter as soon as and for all.
Who will win the trilogy struggle at UFC 264: Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor?
Trying on the Story of the Tape, Poirier and McGregor have the identical top, however McGregor will enter with a one-inch attain edge. Similar to they have been coming into the second struggle, per FightMetrics, the 2 are close to useless even in all of their putting numbers, however with Poirier having slight edges right here. Whereas each males choose to stand-and-trade, Poirier isn’t afraid to deliver the struggle to the bottom if he has to, scoring a median of 1.5 takedowns and 1.3 submissions per quarter-hour.
When previewing the second struggle, it was stated that each these guys have been terrific boxers, and they’re. It was additionally stated McGregor isn’t all that nice on the bottom and Poirier might use that to his benefit — that standing-and-trading solely with McGregor could possibly be his downfall. However Poirier managed to rock and drop McGregor along with his putting en path to a second-round TKO.
This one once more ought to principally be, if not all solely, a putting struggle on the toes. And whereas that does give McGregor the puncher’s probability he all the time has, particularly with the crispness and highly effective putting he brings, Poirier has confirmed he doesn’t essentially want the bottom to get the job executed in opposition to McGregor.
Poirier’s extra well-rounded talent set, being extra of an lively fighter and the actual fact he is aware of the right way to beat McGregor, ought to give him the sting (no less than in early one) in opposition to the previous champ-champ. Possibly McGregor can survive a spherical or two once more, however don’t be stunned if lightning strikes twice for “The Diamond.”
Prediction: Poirier by way of third-round KO/TKO
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