UFC 257 Poirier vs McGregor 2: Tracking their paths to this anticipated rematch
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are ready to square off for a second time. We take a look at their recent performances in the octagon.
The last time Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier looked eye-to-eye in the octagon, the idea of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate was still little more than a joke. It was way back on 27 September 2014.
Poirier was an established fighter at that point. McGregor was still known as much for his mouth as his mixed martial arts skills. But it took just 1:46 into the first round for the Irishman to end the chants of "USA" and knock the American out.
The "Notorious" McGregor's career just went from strength to strength from that point on. It was fight number 12 in a 15-fight win streak that carried the hugely popular Irishman to firstly the interim UFC Featherweight Championship and then the full title a short time later.
Poirier was left devastated after the defeat and after a six-month hiatus, returned to the octagon and gradually got his career back on track. But what have these two pugilists been up to in more recent times?
After a packed fight schedule that took him to the top of the sport as the first fighter to hold titles in two weight divisions, McGregor's appearances have been scant of late. This rematch with Poirier will be just his sixth fight since 5 March 2016.
That was the day he lost to Nate Diaz. He got his revenge against Diaz just five months later and then claimed the UFC Lightweight title with a second-round stoppage of Eddie Alvarez on 12 November that same year.
After nearly two years away from the sport, including his loss to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing exhibition in August 2017, he lost a largely one-sided contest with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
Victory over Donald Cerrone on 18 January 2020 is his only fight since. So the Irishman is carrying plenty of rust.
Poirier meanwhile has been the far busier of the two, fighting roughly two or three times a year each year since that defeat to McGregor.
His biggest claim to fame thus far came with his victory over Max Holloway in a clash for the interim Lightweight Championship in April 2019.
He too lost to Khabib for the full Lightweight title in September 2019. His last fight was a classic against New Zealand's Dan Hooker that went the distance on 27 June 2020.
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All up Poirier has 33 fights on his record to 26 for McGregor. It remains to be seen how much impact their recent time in and out of the octagon will have on this rematch. For the first time, you can watch UFC 257 on Main Event through Kayo Sports. Check out more details here.
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