Dustin Poirier’s Coach Predicts Stoppage Win Against Conor McGregor at UFC 264

Published 06/20/2021, 1:10 AM 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)


Dustin Poirier takes on Conor McGregor at UFC 264 next month. Poirier earned a second-round knockout at UFC 257 and avenged his UFC 178 loss in the process. ‘The Notorious’ finished him in the first round in 2014.

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Recently, Poirier’s boxing coach, Dyah Davis, appeared for an interview with MMAJunkie. In the chat with Mike Bohn, he said, “Dustin is active, I think that definitely plays to his favor. Conor was out of the game two, three years so ring rust can possibly play a factor in it, but listen, you’re a fighter.

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Conor is a fighter first and his job as a fighter is to be in the gym on a constant basis. You should be training, you should be sharpening your tools, and that’s what Dustin does. Even if he doesn’t have a fight scheduled, he’s still in the gym, he’s still training, he’s still doing what he’s supposed to do. He’s still being responsible as a fighter,” he added.

I take this approach as if a lumberjack, we’re in a forest. The idea is to chop the tree down from the bottom and that’s exactly what we did. It’s a fight. So we look for any weaknesses that we could take advantage of, and that was one of them. So we capitalized, and we moved on from there and ended up finishing him with strikes.

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“I think it’ll play out similar to the second fight, maybe a little bit longer. I see us executing and getting a KO victory in the third round,” Davis gave his verdict.

Will Dustin Poirier shock Conor McGregor yet again?

It’s hard to predict a fight between such evenly matched opponents like Poirier and McGregor. ‘The Diamond’ has been one of the best fighters in the UFC since his move up to lightweight. Also, his win at UFC 257 will give him the extra boost in confidence.

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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)

McGregor, on the other hand, has been very inactive over the last 5 years (three fights since he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205). However, fans tend to forget the fact that he was one of the best fighters in the UFC during his rise.

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In fact, he was the first double champion of the promotion and has given countless thrilling memories inside the UFC Octagon for the fans to rejoice. Hence, it may be difficult for Poirier to shock McGregor again, considering that UFC 257 may have woken up ‘The Notorious’. However, it may not be impossible.

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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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