Dana White Thinks Conor McGregor Overlooked Dustin Poirier at UFC 257

Published 03/11/2021, 12:26 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dustin Poirier 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)


UFC President Dana White spoke to Caroline Pearce from BT Sport and went in on Conor McGregor’s last fight. ‘The Notorious’ faced off against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January 2021 and lost the bout via TKO. In fact, the finish came in as the first time McGregor had been stopped by strikes in an MMA contest.

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The win was entirely decisive in favor of Poirier, who implemented a foolproof game plan from the get-go. ‘The Diamond’ exploited Conor McGregor’s wide stance that made it exceedingly difficult to check leg kicks. Poirier hammered down on Conor’s calf and immobilized the Irishman before putting him away with strikes.

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)
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Dana White looks back at Conor McGregor’s UFC 257 defeat

The company president, Dana White, who has seen it all in MMA, was asked to factor in McGregor’s affable demeanor towards Poirier. Chiefly, ‘The Notorious’ built his entire brand of being a brash combatant, however, Dana White didn’t feel that factored into the loss. Moreover, he believed that Conor’s passion to pursue a boxing bout against Manny Pacquiao is what did him in against Poirier at UFC 257.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: (R-L) Conor McGregor of Ireland shakes hands with UFC President Dana White during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I don’t think there has to be trash talk or any of that stuff. Don’t know if this is true, only Conor can answer this question, I think Conor was overlooking Dustin and like ‘Let me get through this so I can work on other things. I think that Conor will take this fight way more serious than he took the last one.”

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Leading up to McGregor’s return, he was constantly in talks to take on Pacquiao at the earliest. It’s clear that White feels McGregor could have possibly taken his eye off the ball and gotten distracted. Chiefly, this wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility given the amount of things ‘The Notorious’ has going on.

The trilogy is expected to go down in the Summer and there’s plenty of anticipation for the same. Conor McGregor and his camp will be chasing an emphatic victory to ensure his aura of greatness is still intact. Moreover, there’s a potential title shot lurking with a blistering performance in the rubber match.

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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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