Eddie Alvarez Says Dustin Poirier Will Beat Conor McGregor In Trilogy Fight

Published 03/20/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States (right) fights against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are expected to lock horns yet again after their bout in January. That encounter ended in favor of Poirier, who took revenge from a 2014 loss that Conor had handed him at Featherweight. The UFC is moving quickly to settle the score and put Conor and Dustin back together again.

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Former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has given his thoughts on the trilogy. He faced both men in his UFC tenure, so he is familiar with their styles. While he started out undecided, he seemed to talk himself more into picking ‘The Diamond’.

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“I think it’s a pick ’em. Conor will obviously be ready for the leg kicks. I don’t know if he’ll ever be conditioned enough to get ready for Dustin’s sprints. He goes again and again. The way he does that is a beautiful way of fighting, and it’s unique to him. It’s hard to get ready for it inside a gym.

Alvarez added, “He does that so well and he’s going to put that pressure on Conor. His conditioning better be ready for it. Outside the kicks and the sprints, whoever wants the strap the most. Dustin’s never tasted it or got the real belt. I’ll always have to go with the guy who hasn’t tasted it yet.”

Conor McGregor: Can he take this trilogy home?

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)

Conor McGregor is not looking the best heading into this fight. He was beaten pretty decisively by Dustin Poirier in their January fight. Poirier knocked McGregor out in the second round of the fight after executing a nigh-perfect gameplan of calf kicks and boxing pressure.

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People believe that loss is too fresh for McGregor to get an immediate rematch. But the two-division champion carries a lot of drawing power with him and can get the fights he wants. With Dana White already confirming the fight, it will be exciting to see how this plays out.

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‘Mystic Mac’ will hope to find his previous powers of predictions before this one. While he is always a very dangerous fighter to prepare for, it genuinely seems McGregor is going into a fight he may be outmatched.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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