Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has a word of advice for Dustin Poirier ahead of his fighting against Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
Dustin Poirier who won the UFC interim lightweight title back in 2019 first fought Conor McGregor back in 2014 at UFC 178. In that fight, Conor McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier in the first round in less than two minutes.
McGregor landed a clean right hand to the back to Poirier’s head and then followed up with strikes to ultimately knock him down.
However, according to Daniel Cormier, the former interim champion has to get over the mental barrier if he wants to beat Conor McGregor later this month.
Dustin Poirier has to convince himself that he got caught in the first fight
In an interview with SCMP, Daniel Cormier stated that Dustin Poirier would have to convince himself that he got caught in the first fight.
“I think when you lose a fight and you go into another fight [with the same person]… I know all about it, I fought ‘Rumble’ [Anthony Johnson] twice, I fought Jon Jones twice, I fought Stipe [Miocic] three times. I fought seven of my 25 fights against three dudes,” Cormier said. “So I think any fighter can convince himself he just got caught, and that’s what Dustin is gonna have to rely on in order to give himself a chance.
“It’s difficult to forget, but you wanna remember it and use it to motivate you in the rematch.”
“Me getting to call the fights has saved me from having to pick fights, because I’m not allowed to,” Cormier added. “Also it saves me having to deal with the fighters, because they’re so sensitive when it comes to whether or not you pick them.
“So I’m lucky I call the fights, I don’t have to pick them no more, so that’s one thing you don’t get out of me.”
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