WBC heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury is backing former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor to defeat Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight.
Conor McGregor was brutally knocked out by Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 which took place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Conor McGregor suffered the first-ever stoppage loss of his MMA career against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257, which took place at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor in the second round to avenge his loss to the Irishmen from their first fight which took place back in 2014 at UFC 178. Back then, McGregor had knocked out Poirier in the first round.
Tyson Fury picking Conor McGregor to defeat Dustin Poirier
Tyson Fury who is also an avid MMA follower has said to ESPN in a recent interview that Conor McGregor was hurt by the long layoffs in between the fights. He also said that, if the rematch with Dustin Poirier happens soon enough, the Irishmen would defeat the Lousiana native.
“Most definitely, yes [I’m picking McGregor],” Tyson Fury said (via Asian Persuasion MMA). “He’s been in the ring now, he’s been active. He’s had that training camp, he’s going to have another training camp. Bit more activity. I think he’ll get focused and do what he’s got to do in the rematch.
“When it’s a make or break fight, which this one will be — this’ll be the icing on the cake — if he loses this one, then where does he go from there?” Tyson Fury added. “But if he wins it, he’s back up there. I think he thrives under pressure like that and providing does a good training camp and gets to the ring injury free, he should do okay.”
“Conor McGregor fought in 2016, then he had two years out and then he fought Khabib [Nurmagomedov in 2018],” Fury told Gareth A. Davies after McGregor lost to Poirier. “Then he had another two years out, and then he fought [Donald] Cerrone [in January 2020]. Then he had another year out, and then he fought this guy, Poirier.
“So inactivity kills the cat, no doubt about it.” Tyson Fury said.
Do you guys agree with Tyson Fury? Can McGregor beat Poirier in the rematch?