Dustin Poirier is ready to face the fighter he has most disliked to date that is Conor Mcgregor at UFC 257 with a new and better game plan.
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 is just over two weeks away, and the UFC fans are already hyped for the UFC 257 headliner on Fight Island. It’s a fight that has been 7 years in the making. Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) was stopped by McGregor at the UFC 178 pay-per-view event back in late 2014 and will first have to prove he can stand and trade with the power-punching Irishman now that both combatants have moved up from featherweight.
McGregor’s quick finish of Dustin Poirier validated him in a big way and set his career trajectory in an unprecedented upward direction. Dustin was the first ranked opponent he’d beaten in the UFC, and from there “The Notorious” went on to win titles in two divisions and become the face of the sport.
Speaking on This Past Weekend with comedian Theo Von, Poirier admitted that, because the first fight was over so quickly, it didn’t feel like a fight to him.
“I didn’t even get to fight,” He said. “The fight didn’t even get to blossom, but that’s fighting: anything can happen under those lights.”
He will look to avoid a similar outcome when he fights McGregor for a second time at UFC 257, this time in the lightweight division. He hopes to do so by dragging McGregor into a brawl and winning a war of attrition.
“If you’re talking about the game plan, what I want is for both of us to be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight, then we can find out who’s the real fighter,” he said. “That’s what I want. I want to be bleeding with a minute off the first round clock.”
McGregor is far and away from the richest fighter in MMA history, having not only pocketed huge fight purses but also made mountains of money through side ventures like his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskeys.
Dustin, on the other hand, says he has “no safety” net, and will be more determined to win than McGregor as a result.
“I want us both to be bleeding and have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter, and see who wants to be in there because I don’t have a safety net,” he said. “I want to be in there, and I know that. I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does.”
Conor Mcgregor has also predicted his plan for the Fight. McGregor has made a habit of predicting his bout outcomes and has a pretty solid history of success. In his last bout “Mystic Mac” predicted a knockout victory over Donald Cerrone which he delivered in just 40 seconds.
“I like Dustin,” McGregor said in a clip from UFC 257 Countdown published on UFC Europe social media. “I think he’s a good fighter. He’s even a great fighter. But great is still levels below me. I’ll knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.”
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