Geoff Neal Backs ‘His Guy’ for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 at UFC 257

Published 01/11/2021, 5:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Dustin Poirier poses on the scale during the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC is starting off the new year with a bang. A return to Fight Island and a triple header,  does not get much better for MMA fans. To top it off, the return to Fight Island will be rounded out by the biggest name in the sport, Conor McGregor taking on his former rival Dustin Poirier

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The fight has an excellent storyline. The two men faced each other seven years ago when Conor McGregor secured the win. Several years on Dustin Poirier a chance to even the score. The only difference is that this time around they’re fighting in different weight classes and there is a lot on the line. Given the magnitude, fighters from the UFC have been making their picks for the UFC 257 main event. 

Read: Conor McGregor sends a ’60-second KO’ warning to Dustin Poirier before UFC 257 

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Geoff Neal says he does not like Conor McGregor 

In a recent interview, James Lynch asked Geoff Neal who he thought would win the main event at UFC 257. 

Neal said, “Dustin, I’m going to go with Dustin. I mean, Dustin is my guy. Yeah, I like Dustin more than I like Conor. I really don’t like Conor too much. I mean, there is nothing wrong with him, I prefer Dustin over Conor, and every time Dustin fights, I’m always rooting for him.” 

The UFC has been garnering a lot of attention on the back of UFC 257. Anytime Conor McGregor fights, the eyes of the world are ‘The Notorious’ and the UFC. 

A win for either fighter will be huge and have massive implications on the title picture in the lightweight division. While Conor has predicted that he will knockout Dustin in 60-seconds, there is reason to believe that it is easier said than done. 

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Handz of Steel” recently saw his seven-fight win streak snapped by Stephen Thompson. The two men headlined the card on December 19 and produced an extremely entertaining fight.

Neal was outpointed in a lopsided unanimous decision loss against an extremely technical and sharp ‘Wonderboy’. After having succumbed to his first loss in three years, Neal will be aiming to bounce back sooner rather than later with a win. 

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Do you think Neal’s prediction will hold for the UFC 257 main event?

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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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