Conor McGregor has the possibility to win the struggle when he faces Dustin Poirier on July 10 in Las Vegas at UFC 264.
This would be the third time the pair have met. Again in 2014, McGregor scored a primary spherical knockout after efficiently getting inside Poirier’s head earlier than they even acquired within the cage.
That was prime, hungry McGregor. Once they met seven years later at UFC 257 and up one weight class, the Irishman had change into the first-ever double champion in UFC historical past and had taken half in one of the crucial profitable fights of all time with Floyd Mayweather.
Poirier would win the second battle with a vicious knockout within the second spherical after immobilising The Infamous with leg kicks.
Now, McGregor has to regulate and evolve as soon as once more to ensure he wins the struggle and preserves his famous person aura.
McGregor has solely misplaced to a few males in UFC. One is Khabib Nurmagomedov and it appears to be like like he won’t ever get the possibility to avenge that defeat now that The Eagle has retired an ideal 29-0.
With Poirier, Nate Diaz is the opposite man to carry a W over McGregor.
McGregor tried to change into a double champion all the way in which again in 2016 when he was to problem Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 196. However his opponent dropped out of the bout simply two weeks earlier than with a damaged foot.
Diaz stepped as much as the plate and confronted McGregor on 13 days discover. What ensued was, at that time, probably the most profitable rivalry in UFC historical past.
They agreed to contest the combat at 170lbs to stop a dramatic weight minimize for Diaz, however piling on late didn’t assist McGregor both.
The Stockton native would make McGregor submit within the second spherical with a rear-naked choke after McGregor was pressured to surrender his again with Diaz hammering him in photographs. It began with Diaz stuffing McGregor’s takedown try and the Irishman knew he’d contributed to his personal demise.
“I used to be inefficient with my power. It was a battle of power and he acquired the higher of that,” McGregor mentioned after the combat.
Predictably, UFC had been ready to run that combat again. It was meant to be at UFC 200, however McGregor refused to do his media obligations and was pulled in consequence. As a substitute, it went down at UFC 202 the identical yr, once more at welterweight.
This time, McGregor had time to arrange for 170lbs. Diaz is a fighter who excels the longer the combat goes and McGregor was notably smarter together with his putting and conditioning the second time round.
McGregor took the second combat through majority determination (48-47, 48-47, 47-47). He bloodied Diaz up and no one was actually disputing the choice. McGregor acquired again to the place he wanted to be – ala Anthony Joshua and his Andy Ruiz Jr saga – and would change into double champion simply three months later.
McGregor is aware of how he misplaced to Poirier and he’s maintained ever because the loss that he’ll make the changes he must make.
McGregor posted on Instagram: “The combat is booked! July 10th you’re gonna see what the Mac is about. Regulate and completely f****** destroy!”
Poirier’s coach Mike Brown, the top coach at the most effective MMA gyms on this planet, American Prime Group, helped devise the plan to defeat McGregor.
“Honest play to Dustin and Mike [Brown] and the blokes,” John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach, instructed BT Sport after the loss.
“He had this plan, that he had the verify hook and he had the calf kick they usually had been simply going to maintain doing it and hope it will work, and it did.”
McGregor has confirmed he can adapt and emerge victorious. Will he be taught his classes and defeat Poirier for a second time or does Poirier have extra tips up his sleeve?