Dustin Poirier Makes a Big Statement- Says He Can Knockout Conor McGregor at UFC 257

Published 01/20/2021, 4:30 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Dustin Poirier prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia 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)


UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier spoke to BT Sport ahead of his highly anticipated clash at UFC 257 on Fight Island. Poirier takes on Conor McGregor in a virtual title eliminator and comes in as a rematch 6 years in the making.

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The aforementioned lightweights are two of the very best on the planet, and their resumes are a testament to the same.

Dustin Poirier has an opportunity to play spoilsport to the UFC’s plan to have McGregor fight Khabib Nurmagomedov again.

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UFC President Dana White candidly spoke out on a plan to have the Khabib vs McGregor rematch if the Irishman wins. The course for Poirier isn’t as well defined; however, there’s plenty to fight for.

Dustin Poirier willing to bleed more

The Diamond’ is endeared by fight fans for his candid approach to the fight game. Poirier’s passion for the fight game has always been on full display, no more so than in his recent BT Sport sitdown.

“When I said that I want a war, I just want the fight to play out and I just want it to come down to who’s the most skilled fighter and who’s more committed this, that’s what I mean by that.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: (L-R) UFC President Dana White places the interim lightweight championship belt on Dustin Poirier after defeating Max Holloway in their interim lightweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I want this to be a test for both of us. I want it to hurt both of us, want it to be uncomfortable for both of US, and I want to show you guys again that I’m willing to suffer more than these guys. 

“I’m willing to push harder and bleed more, that I can trust me, I love it.”

‘The Diamond’ speaks out on his guide to victory

Additionally, Poirier touched upon his path to victory when it comes to facing The Notorious one yet again. The two have evolved greatly since their last fight and have continued to add new facets to their games. Not to mention, he also broached his last fight and was mindful of the mistakes he needed to correct.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Dustin Poirier poses on the scale during the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I’ve had plenty of weeks of training camp to sit back and lay down in bed every night, thinking about how this thing is going to play out. I really feel like I can submit him, I can win a decision, I can knock him out as well.

“There’s not a place this fight goes where I’m uncomfortable with the position I’m in. I have submissions from every position, I can defend myself and I’ve worked so hard on my… Keeping myself protected in there even in the chaos.

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“I know I made mistakes as recently as the Dan Hooker fight. Brawling and getting hit with shots I shouldn’t have. I’m just committed to my craft of getting better, and I want to show you guys that.

“Wherever this fight goes, I can win. I can win a decision, submission, knockout.”

Dustin Poirier has certainly shown that he has the tools required to beat McGregor this time around. He isn’t the same man he was when he faced the Irishman back in 2014, and his durability has increased tenfold.

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Moreover, he’s even managed to pick up a championship in that time, truly showcasing his growth.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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