Dustin Poirier Says Trilogy Against Conor McGregor Will Be Completely Different Strategically

Published 02/27/2021, 5:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


In arguably the biggest non-title fight of his career, Dustin Poirier put on a clinical performance against Conor McGregor at UFC 257 to secure a second-round stoppage win. The card was an extremely successful one and sold a reported 1.6 Million PPV buys. 

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Seven years on from being stopped in the first round by Conor, Poirier returned the favor to make it one win apiece. This sets up an incredible storyline for a trilogy fight between the two men. 

Immediately after the fight, Conor McGregor insisted that the rematch against Dustin is what he wants. ‘The Diamond’ is also open to the idea, and so is Dana White. Therefore, all signs point towards a rematch soon. 

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Dustin Poirier does not think he has Conor McGregor figured out 

In a recent interview, Joe Rogan asked Poirier if he felt like he had McGregor’s number after the recent fight. 

‘The Diamond’ replied, “It’s fighting man, I don’t think you ever, really. He’ll make adjustments. It’ll be a completely different fight like the first one and the second one was different. The third one’s going to be different as well, cause I’m going to make adjustments as well. I gotta switch it up. Keep things fresh and keep him guessing.”

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When asked when he would want the rematch to take place he said, “June July, cause, my wife’s birthday is coming up. So we’re going to go somewhere for a couple of days. I will if I get the call and it is time to go to work, I will lock myself in training camp. But I’m still not right now ready to go to back to Florida a month removed from the last fight and then locked down for another 10 weeks…. If they call, I will do it”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Going into a third fight, it will be interesting to see what adjustments both men make. In the second fight, the low calf kicks changed the fight for Poirier and helped him exact revenge. However, he will have to change things up as McGregor would be ready for it in the trilogy. Furthermore, it would be interesting to see how ‘The Notorious’ adapts his game plan to check ‘The Diamond’s secret weapon. 

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There will be a lot on the line for both men in the third and final fight. For ‘The Notorious’, a loss could be detrimental to his UFC career and his legacy in the sport. A win, however, would catapult him right back into a title shot at 155-pounds.

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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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