‘We Gave Him the Rematch’- Conor McGregor’s Coach Says Conor McGregor Might Shift to Boxing After UFC 257 Loss

Published 01/26/2021, 10:10 AM EST


Leading up to UFC 257, the common consensus was that Conor McGregor would be the most dangerous in the first two rounds. And once the fight got into the later rounds, Dustin would gain a considerable advantage, given that he has the stamina for days. 

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‘The Notorious’ had predicted a 60-second knockout in the rematch and promised to end the fight faster and in a better way than he did the last time. However, it did not end that way as Dustin secured a second-round stoppage to win arguably the biggest non-title fight in his career. 

The win for ‘The Diamond’ now equals the score at one win a piece with a third fight to come for sure. In the post-fight press conference, both men expressed their interest in having a third fight. And it would make sense, given that they have one knockout win each. 

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Can Conor McGregor make the necessary changes to secure a win in the third match?

In a recent interview, Ariel Helwani asked John Kavanagh, McGregor’s head coach, what was next for Conor after UFC 257

Kavanagh said, “He’s already harassing everybody to get the rematch. We would love the rematch. I don’t think Dustin is against that. If we could get the rematch before the summer, that’d be amazing. If it’s not to be, I guess I don’t really know. Maybe he drifts off into the boxing…..We’re 1-1. We gave him the rematch after the first win. And I hope he returns the sentiment”

Dustin went into the rematch, knowing Conor McGregor stopped him in the first round at UFC 178. However, this time around, he approached the fight differently. 

‘The Diamond’ landed devastating calf kicks early and often that accumulated damage over time. Conor failed to check the kicks properly, which was the point of difference in the fight.

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Over time, the kicks caused damage to a point where it hurt Conor’s ability to move and even carry his body weight. ‘The Diamond’ capitalized on it and stopped Conor in the second round. 

Conor has previously had only one rematch in the UFC and has come out victorious in the rematch, having made the necessary changes.

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Will he be able to do the same against Dustin Poirier if they were to fight for the third time? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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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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