Dustin Poirier Responds to Conor McGregor’s Claim

Published 04/02/2021, 3:10 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts to his win over Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier is almost set to finalize the date of his trilogy fight against Conor McGregor in July at UFC 264. ‘The Diamond’ currently spotted a tweet claiming a crucial aspect of their third fight. “I think if Conor cheques the leg kick he should be fine,” said the Tweet.

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The former UFC interim lightweight champion spotted it and proceeded to give a subtle response. “Prolly,” wrote the Louisiana native.

Leg kicks were of course the biggest factor in McGregor’s fall at UFC 257. Poirier pulled off an upset over the former 2-division UFC champion, knocking him out in the 2nd round of their contest.

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The score is set at 1-1 between the duo. A rubber match has to take place to decide the better fighter. McGregor holds a win over Poirier from back in 2014 as ‘The Notorious’ earned a 1st round T/KO finish. Poirier returned the favor at UFC 257 and leveled the score between them.

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)

Many believed McGregor’s inactivity played a major role in the Irishman’s downfall. He competed only thrice over the course of 5 years. And not surprisingly has dropped two of those bouts. McGregor hasn’t won a fight in the 155lbs division of the UFC since 2016.

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Many believed the second fight against Poirier to be an easy outing for ‘The Notorious’ one. But how much ‘El Diamante’ has evolved as a competitor since their clash in 2014 was on full display in January.

McGregor will look to bounce back with a trademark performance when they share the Octagon for the third time.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight 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)

But he will have a tough battle ahead. Poirier already has his number and the recipe to neutralize his exceptional striking game. Whether he can implement them again remains to be seen.

The Irishman might have some surprises up his sleeves as well. It will be foolish to count him out of a fight. So, chances are quite even heading into the trilogy bout.

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Who gets it done the third time around? ‘The Notorious‘ or ‘The Diamond‘?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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