Chael Sonnen Agrees with Dana White’s Notion that Conor McGregor Overlooked Dustin Poirier at UFC 257

Published 03/14/2021, 11:58 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches 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)


The former fighter turned MMA pundit, Chael Sonnen spoke out on his show and went in on UFC 257’s main event. Conor McGregor made his return to action against Dustin Poirier after around a year of inactivity. ‘The Notorious’ was welcomed back with a rude turn-in as he was TKO’ed for the first time in his MMA career.

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Dustin Poirier executed the perfect game plan that saw him break down McGregor’s wide karate stance. ‘The Diamond’ chopped down at McGregor’s calf with brutal kicks that eventually immobilized the Irishman. Subsequently, Poirier landed well-placed blows to Conor McGregor’s dome that sent the former double champion slumping over the canvas.

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Chael Sonnen opens up on the notion that Conor McGregor overlooked Dustin Poirier

‘The American Gangster’ remained quite measured in his expansion of UFC 257’s main event that saw McGregor’s downfall. He agreed with Dana White’s claim about McGregor overlooking Poirier and expanded upon it further. Chiefly, he let it be known that prior experience had an effect on the Irishman’s subconscious.

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)

“Dana said that Conor overlooked Poirier in their second fight, that is the truth, that’s just what happened. How would you not, how would that not happen? Put yourself in Conor’s shoes, how would that not happen?… When you’ve never worked out with a guy, never sparred a guy and you’ve never fought a guy which would be representative of almost every match that you’ve ever had…and then you juxtapose that with a former opponent who you had no resistance from.”

“You’re just going to remember that. I don’t know how a human being would not. To have a level of expectation of what you’re about to get into when it’s something you’ve already done, and you had no resistance the first time. Yes, Conor overlooked Poirier.”

Will the trilogy fight between Poirier vs McGregor look any different?

Sonnen didn’t really blame Conor for looking at things that way. He emphasized the inevitability of overlooking someone you already beat. The first fight wasn’t even close, and ‘The Notorious’ sent Dustin Poirier packing in a matter of minutes.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sonnen said that Conor would probably vehemently deny White’s claims that he had overlooked Poirier during their rematch. He would look at his preparation and be satisfied that he gave his 100% in the gym training. However, it’s the mental edge that he likely came in with that ended up costing him dearly.

There’s certainly some underlying truth to Chael Sonnen’s claim, and the fight was a reflection of that. The rubber match that is set for the summer can expect to see a much more measured approach from both men. They have both seen what the other is capable of, and there will be a sense of caution.

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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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