UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier’s Coach Mike Brown says that he believes that at UFC 264 Dustin Poirier proved that he is a superior fighter if compared to Conor Mcgregor.
At UFC 264, Dustin Poirier settled his rivalry with Conor Mcgregor as he took the lead in their series with 2-1. They fought at UFC 264 in their trilogy fight with the series being level at 1-1. Dustin Poirier won the fight via TKO but the results came due to doctor stoppage. Conor in the last few seconds of the first round of the fight broke his ankle and the doctor had to stop the fight.
Dustin Poirier’s head coach Mike Brown said that his fighter was winning the fight in all aspects of it and Dustin Poirier showed that his game is way better than Conor’s.
“On the scorecards, two judges had it 10-8,” Brown told MMA Fighting. “This was from Dustin being on top dropping those elbows and showing his dominance, imposing his will. That’s what that was all about.
“If you look at the history of both of these guys, one of them gets stronger as the fight goes and one of them doesn’t. Conor was going to be most dangerous in the first [round], and I felt like as the fight went, it was only going to get easier.”
Mike Brown stated that even if the injury hadn’t taken place Poirier was going to win that fight in the later round as they were prepared for all outcomes possible.
“Make him work, make him tired, make him strain, make him stress and finish him later on,” Brown said about the initial game plan for UFC 264. “Finish him later in the fight. Protect yourself early, don’t get into a crazy fire fight and brawl, which he’s got a handle on. It’s something he used to do when he was younger but I think those days are gone. He has good control of his emotions and he keeps it locked up. If he keeps himself safe early, I don’t think anybody beats him.”
“I’m not surprised,” Brown said about the way the fight ultimately played out. “D.P.’s boxing is super tight, super sharp and he cracks. He can hit hard. He’s dangerous with both hands so if he puts his gloves on you, you’re going to feel it. I thought that Conor was blasting those legs, he looked like he was throwing them hard and it concerned me a little bit cause he was throwing them so hard but the placement wasn’t very good. He was landing around the knee area, which is the real danger for him.
“Dustin threw a nice calf kick and it landed solid on the muscle. You land a couple of those and he’s not walking. It looked like the ones that Conor was throwing was kind of smashing around the knee, which is probably what gave him the problems. Dustin kind of lifted his leg a little bit so the small part of Conor’s ankle is hitting against that big, strong, bony part of the knee, which is not good for Conor.”
Mike Brown concluded by saying that he doesn’t feel that there is any need for the fourth fight as the outcome will be the same as the last two fights.
“I don’t think [a fourth fight is necessary] but who knows where they’ll be when Conor gets healthy and is back in there,” Brown said. “We’ll see where he goes. He’s got a journey ahead of him. Maybe he needs to fight somebody else and get a win or two to get back up there but he’s also the biggest star in the sport.
“He’s changed the game, done so much for the sport. He’s the biggest star the sport has ever seen. He brings a lot of eyeballs. He’s done a lot of great things but I think skill wise, we’ve got the superior fighter with Dustin.”
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