Dustin Poirier surprised many together with his second-round knockout of Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
The Irishman was anticipated to beat Poirier for a second time and arrange a tantalising, money-spinning rematch with the not too long ago retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor additionally deliberate to choose up the victory after which face Manny Pacquiao in a boxing contest later within the 12 months, however the lustre for that showpiece light with the loss.
So the previous champion’s consideration is now on an instantaneous rematch with Poirier.
Having one their first battle in 2014, the rubber battle is smart each logically and financially for UFC.
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, who helped lead McGregor to double champion standing, believes they’ve addressed the downfall of his loss to Poirier – these dreaded calf kicks.
“We need to get that one again, we’ve obtained to determine these calf kicks, tips on how to use them and defend them,” he informed BT Sport. “We’re fairly assured we’ve got that sorted out now.”
Poirier hammered McGregor’s lead leg with low kicks and given the Irishman’s heavy boxing stance and superior entrance leg, it was the right ways from Poirier’s camp.
McGregor centered on boxing throughout his battle camp for Poirier with one-eye on the Pacquiao battle later down the road and Kavanagh concedes they might have had some impact.
“It positively has an impact, would it not have had sufficient of an impact to alter that battle? I don’t suppose so,” he added.
“Truthful play to Dustin and Mike (Brown) and the blokes. Even when he was getting clocked, he obtained hit a few instances exhausting however he nonetheless didn’t begin getting right into a buying and selling struggle or attempt to fuel himself out making an attempt for takedowns.
“He had this plan, that he had the test hook and so they had had the calf kick and so they have been simply going to maintain doing it and hope it might work, and it did.
“I don’t suppose any quantity of pre-fight shenanigans would have modified that or any interview requests or any screaming followers.”
Kavanagh believes they’ve mounted what went flawed within the final battle and are assured heading into the third many imagine will probably be this summer season.
“We’ve to repair that technical element, which isn’t like having to repair the whole lot, it’s fixing a sufficiently small space. Get that again into the entire recreation, not getting in with a form of with a boxing mentality, getting in with an MMA mentality.
“Conor was all the time well-known for his motion, his potential to alter stances, his bounce as he would say. We obtained to carry that again. It’s there, it’s underneath the hood, it’s not expertise that should be discovered or relearned, they simply should be re-ignited.
“We’ve already began that course of. So, wouldn’t or not it’s nice to do it once more in the summertime, perhaps in Vegas in entrance of 20,000 screaming individuals if we are able to get the world again open once more.”