‘It Was Me Against the World’- Dustin Poirier Reveals Details on Conor McGregor First Fight

Published 12/02/2020, 10:32 AM EST


Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor will headline the main event of UFC 257 on January 23 ’21. This will be the biggest fight to begin the year with. The duo will share the octagon for the second time at a location to be disclosed. Former double-champ of the UFC, Conor McGregor, is coming out of retirement to face the ‘Diamond’ Poirier who has been an active fighter in the Lightweight roster.

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Recently, Dustin Poirier interacted with Morning Kombat. He shed some light on his previous battle with McGregor, the upcoming scheduled rematch, and his approach towards the fight this time.

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Poirier said, ”At the first fight, I didn’t feel like I was fighting Conor. I felt like I was fighting the UFC, I felt like I was fighting the media, the fans, the critics, the people in the stands. I felt like it was me against the world when I walked into the octagon for the first time (against McGregor). It’s not that. Of course, the pressure is still on me to keep the victories going, to keep the streak alive, to fight for the belt again.

All that stuff is weighing on me. But at this point in my career, I am just happy with who I am. That’s it. I don’t want a lighter load, I want a stronger back at this point in my career.”  ‘Diamond’ added.

Poirier seems an elevated fighter in this rematch. He magnificently improved after that loss to McGregor in 2014. The ‘Diamond’ lost just two fights in six years and won whopping 10 fights to solidify his resume.

Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor? who has an upper hand in this rematch?

Dustin Poirier shares an impressive pro-MMA record of 26 wins, 6 losses, and 1 no contest. He has been highly active in the Lightweight division since his debut in the promotion in 2010.

The ‘Diamond’ is an excellent striker with 50% striking accuracy. Over the years, Poirier has bagged several wins and also captured the Interim Lightweight Belt in 2019. He made his way for a title-shot but lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov through submission. Poirier last fought on June ’20 against Dan Hooker, where the American won via unanimous decision.

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On the other hand, McGregor made his last octagon appearance in January ’20, defeating ‘Cowboy’ in just 40 sec of round 1. McGregor has been little active in the division since he became the Lightweight champion in 2016. In the last four years, the Notorious has fought just once at the Lightweight division against Khabib, suffering a vicious submission in round 4.

The Irishman has a 22-4 MMA record to his name. On January 23, he will look forward to securing his 23rd win.

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Poirier will look to capitalize on McGregor’s inactive streak in the division. The rematch will be a striker’s delight, and Poirier will undeniably enter the octagon with an upper hand over McGregor. However, Conor’s left hand can cause problems if Poirier underestimates the Irishman.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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