‘How on Earth Is He Gonna Make Adjustment With a Broken Leg?’ Dan Hooker Dismisses Conor McGregor’s Chances to Beat Dustin Poirier

Published 07/19/2021, 11:50 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates after knocking out Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC dual division champion Conor McGregor snapped his leg during his trilogy clash against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Thus, the latter won the match and completed the trilogy with a TKO win (doctor stoppage).

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However, given the way the match finished and the money draw involved in it, there is a chance for a fourth battle between the two UFC behemoths. McGregor, in his post-fight interview, threatened Poirier with another match and the UFC president Dana White too said there was a possibility.

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Though right now, the Irishman is medically suspended till the next year from any action. Many of the current and former fighters believe it won’t be a good choice to put them again as Poirier has dominated him in both the 2nd and 3rd fight.

Even Poirier’s former rival, Dan Hooker, also believes it won’t be a good idea to pit McGregor again vs Poirier. In an interview with Submission Radio, the New Zealander gave insights into his thoughts on the same.

“Sounds a lot of PPVs, that’s probably why it would happen,” Hooker said. “But no, you can’t say. Then he’s recovering from a leg break and whatever.

“Dustin is preparing and has another fight, you know, more time in the octagon and he is like, fit and healthy…I can’t say this…it was the same reason why I didn’t think there would be much of a difference from the second fight to the third fight,” he added.

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Hooker believes it would be impossible for McGregor to catch Poirier. “How on earth is he gonna make adjustments with a broken leg, surgery and rehab, and all things like that,” he wondered.

Can Conor McGregor make a successful comeback?

McGregor (22-6), is currently going through a rough patch. If we just put his ghastly injury aside for a moment, his recent records inside the octagon are a pale shadow of his previous self. He has incurred 3 losses in the last 4 octagon appearances and 4 total losses if we add the boxing match with Mayweather.

Another thing that has been a worrying sign is his appearance inside the ring. He has featured in just 4 matches in UFC in the last 5 years and out of those four, two have come this year. So, is it all done and dusted this time?

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)

If any normal fighter has these numbers, he probably would pack his bags and make his way out of the promotion. With McGregor though, it’s a distinct thing. Apart from being the cash mill, he is a certified prizefighter. He won’t be walking out of the promotion with a pinch of salt in his mouth.

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It is expected he would return next year and may well have a go against some top drawing opponent (Nate Diaz probably). But all things said and done, a title fight maybe is out of the equation for him now.

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What did you make of Hooker’s opinion on McGregor?

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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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