Dana White Claims Conor McGregor Will Go Down As One of The GOATs if He Beats Dustin Poirier At UFC 264

Published 07/08/2021, 12:05 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC dual division champion and the most polarizing fighter Conor McGregor is heading towards a trilogy showdown with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The headlining event will showcase two masters of the game at the absolute peak of their powers battling for the glory.

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McGregor put up some extraordinary performances in his meteoric rise to ride his fortune and become the global star. His title matches against Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez cemented his legacy even more.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor waits for the start of his welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

But lately, his appearances and not so virtuoso performances compared to earlier have put a question mark over his dedication to the sport. A win against Poirier and a subsequent win against Oliveira (possible next fight) could put all doubts to rest.

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President Dana White recently appeared for an interview with Brett Okamoto. He detailed how these aforementioned wins can make McGregor an all-time great.

“All of it. It stands out,” White said while comparing earlier wins and possible next wins. “He will go down as one of the greatest of all time. To have lost the belt, gone through the things that happened with him personally, professionally.”

White said it would be great for McGregor to win against the guy (Poirier) who beat him recently and the title fight against Oliveira next.

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“Financially, it’s off the charts, and professionally, it’s off the charge. It would make him go down in history as one of the all-time greats,” UFC supremo added.

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McGregor (22-5), as mentioned, has featured less compared to his earlier days in the promotion. So less that he has featured in just 3 matches since his lightweight title win against Alvarez in 2016.

Two out of 3 matches have not yielded the result he would have liked. He picked up an impressive sandwiched victory over Cerrone at UFC 246 in between the two massive losses.

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The first one against ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 via submission. And the second one against ‘Diamond’ via TKO in a rematch from 2014.

He would be eager to get his vengeance come this UFC 264 over Poirier. After all, it could also be his last run towards capturing the lightweight title he once donned.

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Can McGregor bring his best against a rampaging Poirier? Let us know.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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