Michael Chandler Says Conor McGregor Will Win Trilogy Against Dustin Poirier and Fight Him Next

Published 03/30/2021, 2:01 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 17: Welterweight fighter Conor McGregor is interviewed by UFC’s Joe Rogan during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 246 at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will face Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier looks set to become the biggest fight of the year when it happens for the second time in 2021. However, this time the bout may have an actual crowd. Along with that, it will be a waste for the UFC to book Conor McGregor in a fight where fans cannot come again.

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However, this bout will also look to answer questions about the title picture. UFC 262 will see Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira face off over the strap recently vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, Chandler seems ready to take on challenges after this too. That challenge is Conor McGregor himself, someone Chandler believes will beat Poirier in their second fight.

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“Most likely, I’m fighting Conor or Poirier next. Whoever wins that fight… I think it’s Conor. I actually watched the detailed thing that they do, Daniel Courier narrates it. I think there’s just a few very little things that Conor can do to win the fight. I think it’s Conor McGregor. It’s sometime later this fall or winter, but also that’s probably wishful thinking.”

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Conor McGregor: What changes does Conor make to pull this win off?

Conor McGregor cannot beat Dustin Poirier if he comes to fight the way he did last time. While McGregor had elite striking, his defensive tactics were bad. He saw his leg get beat up, was under constant pressure from strikes, and was on the back foot a lot for the second round.

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)

However, anyone who saw the second fight at UFC 257 knows that Conor was having tremendous success early in the fight. The blueprint to at least frustrate Poirier is there. However, his cardio and pressure boxing is far too good for anyone to have even a single lapse in concentration.

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There isn’t any stylistically or gameplay-wise that McGregor needs to prepare for separately. However, he needs to hope that the fight this time around falls in his favor and not Poirier’s. From what Chandler has said, a title shot awaits the winner if Chandler can get the belt. If Conor wants to get back at that title shot, a win here would be his best chance at making that happen.

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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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