‘Poirier Has the Big Time Advantage’- Sylvester Stallone Makes a Surprise Pick for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

Published 06/06/2021, 2:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: Dustin Poirier reacts after the conclusion of his lightweight fight against Dan Hooker during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 264 will witness two of the most recognizable faces of the UFC colliding in a trilogy. ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor will face the ‘Diamond’ Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 with bragging rights and a potential shot at UFC gold on the line.

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The trilogy clash has garnered worldwide attention ever since the day it was announced. It has split opinions of fighters and fans alike. The bout has also got stars from other professions to pick their favorite and debate over the same.

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Recently, Hollywood icon and megastar Sylvester Stallone appeared for an interview with TMZ. Just like many around the world, the main protagonist of the Rocky franchise is also a fan of combat sports.

He detailed his views on the aforementioned bout and gave his final verdict about the winner. “That is a real tough one,” he said.

“That one you can really flip a coin on. It’s like who hits first? But you have a really hungry young guy, and a guy who’s made a lot of money and is a sort of hungry.”

He added, “You have two guys who are a little, psychologically, a little more hesitant, but Poirier has the big-time advantage.”

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Stallone isn’t new to combat sports. In fact, his character in Rocky 3 is a shade similar to that of McGregor. His character, Rocky Balboa, made a lot of money, but suffered a shocking loss when he was on top of the world. However, in the film, he persevered and regained his throne.

When asked about a piece of advice for McGregor, the megastar tapped into his iconic movie character and replied, “I’ll just give you a Rocky, just keep punching.” 

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor- The battle of equals

Poirier’s (27-6) and McGregor’s (22-5) history goes a long way. They first collided at UFC 178 in 2014 in a featherweight clash. ‘The Notorious’ got the better of Poirier in the first round, picking up an impressive KO victory.

Poirier then waited for almost 7 years to avenge his loss. His moment arrived when the two again clashed at UFC 257, where he humbled McGregor en route to his second-round TKO win. The TKO defeat was the first-of-its-kind loss for McGregor.

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At UFC 264, there is also an added stipulation to their bout. The winner is almost guaranteed to face Charles Oliveira for the lightweight championship next. Hence, with so many things attached to the bout, it will be a spectacular watch for the audience on July 10.

Do you agree with Rocky’s pick for the bout?

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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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