After six years, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are running it back. This Saturday night, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, the two former champions face off again. There are so many storylines for this one, it’s obviously a highly anticipated rematch, McGregor returning to the octagon for the first time since last January, former champ vs former champ, Poirier’s hot sauce vs Conor’s whiskey, USA vs Ireland.
The last time these two fought in 2014, the two fighters were not as well known as they are now. McGregor was ranked number nine, and Poirier was number five, many experts expected Poirier to be the victorious one. Against all odds, McGregor pulled out the victory, in one minute thirty-four seconds no less. This was the fight that proved Conor McGregor was legit. At the time, this was definitely his biggest win. Since then, McGregor has gone 6-2 in the UFC, winning two belts in the process.
McGregor held the Lightweight and Featherweight Championships, then relinquished both for inactivity. After winning the Lightweight championship, McGregor took a two-year break. McGregor then returned in 2018 to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the same belt, McGregor lost the fight via submission. McGregor’s most recent UFC bout was last January against Donald Cerrone, winning via TKO after forty seconds in the first round.
Since 2014, Dustin Poirier has been very busy. Poirier’s gone 10-2 with one no contest. Poirier won the Lightweight belt against Max Halloway in 2019, then losing it to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September of that year. Poirier is the second-ranked lightweight and poses a real threat against The Notorious One. In the thirteen fights since 2014, Poirier has been in a fight that won ”Fight of the Night’ seven times. Every fight The Diamond gets in lives up to the hype and then some. With Poirier’s training team, American Top Team, you can expect the absolute best from Poirier.
From the minute these two touch gloves, this will be a real battle. In the years since the last fight, both have added many weapons to their game. McGregor is very cerebral now, but still as quick as ever. Poirier also brings the cerebral aspect, and he also brings something new to every fight. Although Poirier isn’t a submission specialist, look for him to try and beat McGregor that way. Poirier has only won one fight win submission since 2014, this may be his best way to have his hand raised.
Similar to every fight these two are in, they’ll go back and forth. The only question is, who lands the biggest punch first? I think that will be Conor McGregor. Once McGregor smells blood in the water, he’s going for the kill. Poirier will hang tough, but McGregor’s onslaught will be too much. Besides the punches, I expect Conor to land a few devastating body kicks. My prediction is, McGregor by TKO in the third round, at the 3:47 mark.
Saturday night will be an awesome spectacle, the UFC is better with McGregor fighting. Let’s hope this isn’t the last time we see him in the Octagon.