UFC 257 Poirier vs McGregor 2: Tale of the tape and full fight preview
Conor McGregor destroyed Dustin Poirier when they fought back in 2014. How is this rematch shaping up more than 6 years later?
There was a suspicion Conor McGregor managed to get inside Dustin Poirier's head before they matched up way back in UFC 178. That seemed to be confirmed when the Irishman knocked Poirier out inside two minutes in the opening round. You can see the result in the image above.
So how are we placed for their rematch at UFC 257, which comes an eternity since that clash on 27 September 2014? It's an intriguing question. Firstly, the fighters will be carrying a little extra weight this time around.
Their first meeting was held at featherweight, a maximum weight of 66kg. This time they are fighting at lightweight, which allows an extra 4kg on their frames. UFC analyst Dan Hardy, a former welterweight contender, told Sportskeeda.com he feels Poirier is much better suited to the lightweight division.
"If we draw a line under his career as a featherweight and we look at what he's done since he's moved up ... he takes a punch better, he's more durable, his conditioning is better and he's not lost that aggression that some people lose when they go up and they're fighting bigger guys.
"(Lightweight) is the right weight class for him at this moment."
McGregor has toned down some of his usual bravado heading into this fight. Yet he has still predicted an early first-round knockout. If the fight is to end early, it seems likely it will be superior striker McGregor that would win that way.
The longer this bout goes, the more it could suit Poirier. The American, who calls himself "The Diamond", has shown he can scrap and brawl with the best of them and has plenty of heart and stamina.
Poirier also has a lot more time in the Octagon under his belt. He has fought 8 times since early 2017, winning 6 of them with 1 no contest and a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor has fought just twice in that span, also losing to Nurmagomedov and defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in January 2020.
The American has also improved his defence, which will be critical against renowned fast-starter McGregor. It's going to be an intriguing match-up and one we can't wait to see.
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