Conor McGregor took Dustin Poirier ‘calmly’ at UFC 257, however has been backed to knock out the American in only one spherical at UFC 264.
That’s the view of Straight Blast Fitness center teammate Artem Lobov, who believes the Irishman will declare his vengeance in entrance of a sold-out capability crowd on the T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas on July 10.
‘The Infamous’ began brightly on Struggle Island in July, however was shortly immobilised by Poirier earlier than being stopped himself within the second spherical in a consequence which few noticed coming.
An instantaneous rematch was introduced to conclude their trilogy, with McGregor coaching in Dubai earlier than heading to Sin City.
Regardless of knocking Poirier out once they first met in 2014, the 32-year-old should stay conscious and diligent when dealing with ‘The Diamond’ this summer season as he has since established himself as among the finest lightweights of this period.
With a glittering array of weapons in his arsenal, the Louisiana-native presents maybe essentially the most full puzzle for the previous two-weight world champion to unravel. But SBG teammate Lobov believes his shut pal has what it takes to rectify the errors from Abu Dhabi.
He mentioned on Bareknuckle Uncensored podcast: “Conor is a really, very good fighter.
“I simply really feel the final combat he possibly took it a bit bit calmly and thought, ‘I’ll simply present up and do what I do and destroy him.’
“Not solely that, he was already mentally and bodily preparing for a boxing combat so he wasn’t considering leg kicks – no MMA.
“He simply thought it was going to be the identical manner as the primary combat.”
“We have now to present credit score to Dustin,” he added. “He’s finished his homework.
“He’s improved loads because the first combat and he did a superb job.
“However I feel now when Conor is switched on, he is aware of what’s up. His full focus is on this combat.
“He’s studied him, he checked out what the problems had been within the second combat and actually when Conor reveals up like that, there’s no stopping him.
“So I see him stopping Dustin early, first, possibly second spherical. I wish to say first. My prediction is first spherical but it surely might go into the second.”