‘It’s Not A Trilogy Fight’- Dustin Poirier Opens Up on Fighting Conor McGregor Ahead of UFC 264

Published 07/01/2021, 1:14 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Dustin Poirier battles Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is heading towards a blockbuster trilogy clash against the former dual division champion Conor McGregor at UFC 264. This will be their second clash this year after Poirier knocked out the ‘Notorious’ at UFC 257 earlier this year.

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The match has so many things on the line. With either party sitting with one apiece, the trilogy will decide who will claim the bragging rights.

Recently, ‘Diamond’ appeared for an interview where he detailed his preparation and also talked about what he thinks about the match.

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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)

“I have gone about it like a different fight. Like it’s not a trilogy fight for me,” he said. “Just as rematch wasn’t a rematch, it was a completely different fight.”

“Even though this fight is happening at the same calendar year, it’s a completely different fight. And that’s how I’m looking at it.”

Even though Poirier has faced him twice and watched him many times, it’s always a fresh start according to him.

This is the same guy, the same face. Comes with that, the fighting style, how’s gonna switch up and try to counter what I’m gonna do and make adjustments. It’s all-new, and it’s scrambled and really we don’t know 100% until we get there.”

Poirier wants to put up a show and doesn’t want to think much about who’s going to fall at the end of the day. He also had few words of praise for McGregor.

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Recent stats of Dustin Poirier

Poirier (27-6) is one of the most accomplished fighters on UFC’s roster. The American has been fighting on the elite level for quite a while now. His records speak about itself.

He has won 6 matches out of his last 7 matches. Prior to defeating McGregor earlier this year, he went to war with Dan Hooker in a 5 round clash and came out victorious via unanimous decision last year.

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His last loss came against ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. He lost via 3rd round rear-naked choke submission.

With a certain chance of fighting for the title next, Poirier would be having extra motivation if he finds a way to get past the ‘Notorious’ one.

Do you agree with Poirier‘s statement?

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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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