Conor McGregor is again in a UFC octagon this weekend when he takes on Dustin Poirier for a 3rd time.
Each males have crushed one another earlier than, however the ultimate battle takes place at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
WWE star Riddle is a person with UFC expertise. He ended his time there with a profession file of 8-3 (2), however he initially received these two no contests.
They had been overturned into no contests as a result of Riddle examined constructive for hashish and in the end, that’s what prompted UFC president Dana White to fireplace him.
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He has his ultimate battle within the UFC simply a few months earlier than McGregor’s first again in 2014. He was on a five-fight profitable streak when UFC let him go.
Now one of many brightest stars on RAW, Riddle gave talkSPORT his tackle McGregor’s supremely vital bout with Poirier this Saturday.
“Conor is such a stallion. He’s a performer within the ring, out of the ring. He makes individuals speak and that’s the one factor I attempt to inform individuals about preventing, wrestling and all of that: You could be probably the greatest wrestlers or fighters, however for those who don’t get individuals to speak about your battle or match, you’re not precious.
“Should you can’t promote tickets, you’re not precious. I realized that the arduous method within the UFC; I acquired fired below completely different circumstances however I assure you if I had introduced more cash to the corporate they wouldn’t have let me go. I do know that.
“I wanted to turn out to be extra precious and typically you bought to speak slightly trash, you gotta get slightly loopy and typically you bought to take one other man’s title off their shoulder.”
Riddle believes if McGregor can get into the zone that he must get into, he’ll win.
“Conor, when he’s fired up and his weapons are blazing, he’s a money-making machine for any promotion on the earth. You may’t educate that, you may’t write that down – he has that.
“I feel the battle goes to be wonderful. I feel Conor has realized from his errors final time. The one factor I’m anxious about is, are we going to get the identical Conor as final time who didn’t have the identical manner and depth of Conors earlier than?
“I do know he has a household, this, that and the opposite and life brings you down slightly, however I feel, for those who watch the weigh-ins and the press convention earlier than this battle, that can be a superb indicator for what Conor we’ll be getting for this battle.
“If he comes out all loopy able to go in his stance all amped, I feel he’s going to win fingers down, straightforward. I feel if he comes out like he did final time – and I get it – he’s been respectable, he’s doing the proper factor, however the proper factor didn’t get you to the highest.
“Be you. Be that savage. That’s what acquired you the followers, that’s what acquired you to the highest so excessive that each different dude within the recreation tried to mimic you and horribly.
“That’s how good you might be at that. Don’t attempt to be one thing you’re not. Don’t attempt to be nicer simply because it’s the proper factor to do – be Conor McGregor.
“We’ll all the time comply with you and help you, bro. Be Conor McGregor,” stated Riddle.
Riddle stated this earlier than McGregor actually put it on Poirier on the press convention. It was an entire 180 from his angle pre-UFC 257.
McGregor would pour away Poirier’s scorching sauce and try and kick him in the course of the face-off.
On extra technical issues, Riddle believes McGregor may have realized many classes from the loss final trip.
“Additionally, with the final battle, Conor had been doing plenty of boxing coaching and plenty of stuff along with his fingers, I feel he simply uncared for his legs.
“He wasn’t conditioning them, he wasn’t kicking with them as a lot and all of that. That performs a component. And he’s very athletic himself so he’s in all probability [thinking] I can all the time throw the kicks, I’m engaged on my hand velocity and the place I get most of my knockouts. I perceive.
“And Dustin’s jui-jitsu is sweet, so he in all probability labored loads on his takedown defence and his submissions as nicely. I feel after the final battle he thought ‘I’ve acquired to guard myself. There’s sure elements of my physique which might be robust, however there’s some issues I can’t do.’
“So hopefully he’s realized from that. Conor – individuals don’t wish to give credit score the place credit score is due – he’s a wise man. He the place he’s as a result of he’s sensible.
“So I feel he’ll make some modifications to his defence, he is aware of what he’s doing and that is going to be a special battle regardless. Win, lose, or draw, it’s going to be a special battle.”
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