Dustin Poirier will return to action later this month at UFC 257 and will fight ‘The Notorious‘ Conor McGregor in a pulsating clash. Poirier will have his eyes on redemption as he was knocked out by the Irishman inside 2 minutes in their first contest.
‘The Diamond‘ is confident about not letting such a disaster happen again as he seems supremely confident in his much-improved skill set. He believes he was still working on progressing his skills back in 2014. Although he is still learning, he touted this contest as a whole new journey and is confident of putting up a better fight.
In an interview with Theo Von, Poirier revealed, “Yeah. And I think a lot of times I was fighting. I was accomplishing things that may be my skill. But that’s tough to say my skill level wasn’t there yet, but I was beating guys and right, rising up through the ranks and getting myself in big fights. But I was just learning on the job.”
Poirier added, “But I’m confident in the work I put in, and like I said, I know I can beat anybody in the world. I just have to be mentally in the moment. That’s what this comes down to. I need to be in the moment to execute.”
He also added that McGregor can be better than him for the rest of the year. ‘The Diamond’ feels he needs to be better than ‘The Notorious’ for just 25 minutes.
Poirier will be leaving his fight camp this weekend ahead of the January 23rd bout. There are a lot of stipulations to be maintained currently due to the COVID surge. He will have to quarantine in Las Vegas first before leaving for Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
So, Poirier will not be able to continue with the sparring sessions and other preparations ahead of his bout. The same will apply to his counterpart McGregor too.
Who do you think gets it done in the rematch? Can Poirier pull off a huge upset? What do you make of the former interim champion’s comments?
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