Ben Askren Makes His Pick for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2

Published 01/11/2021, 4:30 AM EST


Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 will be one of, if not the UFC fights in 2021. The return of ‘The Notorious’ as he takes on Dustin Poirier is a rematch seven years in the making. There has been a lot of buzz leading up to the fight as a Conor McGregor fight is unmatched in terms of the attention it gets. 

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There are a lot of questions that will be answered once the two men get into the octagon. Furthermore, the winner will put himself in a good position for a title shot at 155-pounds.

Read: Ben Askren doesn’t think fight with ‘coward’ Jake Paul will happen

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Ben Askren is not dismissing Dustin Poirier’s chances against Conor McGregor 

In a recent interview, James Lynch asked former ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren, who he thinks would win at UFC 257. 

Ben replied, “I think McGregor for sure. I think we’ve already seen that once. Poirier is obviously much improved since that last fight, so I think there is a chance Poirier wins, but I would pick McGregor for sure.

In the seven years since they last fought, Dustin has grown leaps and bounds as a fighter. He has impressive wins over the likes of Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, among others. Though he failed to secure a win over Khabib for the title, he put on a good performance and had ‘The Eagle’ in a guillotine.

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The rematch comes as a good opportunity for Dustin not only to secure a win over the biggest name in the UFC, but also prove to himself and fight fans how much he has developed over the last few years. A win might give him the opportunity to fight for the title once again and realize his ultimate dream of becoming an undisputed champion in the UFC. 

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: (R-L) Ben Askren punches Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Askren who retired from the sport following a dismal run as a UFC fighter has been going back and forth with YouTuber Jake Paul for a potential fight. The former welterweight champion is not well known for his prowess on the feet, and would be the inexperienced boxer against ‘The Problem Child’. Whether or not this fight takes place remains to be seen.

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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