‘He’ll Be Back Better Than Ever’- Max Holloway Breaks Down Conor McGregor’s Loss to Dustin Poirier

Published 02/24/2021, 10:30 AM EST
7DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Max Holloway prior to his fight with Jose Aldo of Brazil during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Max Holloway spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and commented on UFC megastar Conor McGregor, who fought back in January. Both men came in as the opening features for marquee UFC events to open out 2021 for the organization. Holloway fought Calvin Kattar on the first network television card and McGregor scrapped against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

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‘Blessed’ Holloway detailed how he almost crashed Conor McGregor’s interview that took place prior to UFC 257 on January 23. Additionally, he went on to breakdown Conor McGregor’s match-up with Poirier that ended in a TKO win for ‘The Diamond’. The defeat was the first loss to strikes of Conor McGregor’s illustrious pro career to date.

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Max Holloway looks back at UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2

The former featherweight champion who has shown himself to be extremely perceptive about the fight game dived into the aforementioned match. Holloway saw a fundamental lapse in Conor McGregor’s stand-up approach that was duly exploited by Poirier. Moreover, this came in as the sentiment expressed by a vast majority of the MMA community.

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)

“I was tripping out when you see it happen you know. Dustin went in there and did his thing and Conor came out and owned it. He did what he did. Conor went out there and thought he could do a certain way of fighting with Dustin and Dustin reminded him that this is MMA. They say he got caught a little bit in the mindset of boxing but that’s the thing you can’t take nothing away from the man.

“His old way he was a little more balanced, a little more-squatty you know, and kicking. He’s got some great kicks. I don’t know what he needs to do, to be honest. I just know he’ll be back, he’ll be better than ever like he always does. We’ll see what happens in the next few months.”

How does the trilogy fight play out?

Not to mention, Max Holloway was asked to give his prediction for the trilogy fight that is expected to be next for both men. ‘Blessed’ didn’t necessarily commit either way and was more inclined towards the fighter who could implement their game plan.

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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)

“It’s what guy shows up that night. Dustin showed up one night and Conor showed up one night we’re gonna find out who shows up on the third.”

McGregor vs Poirier 3 is primed to be a box office success and the whole world will be watching. Max Holloway comes in with an interesting perspective having faced both men in his career. All eyes will be glued to the mega-fight rematch circled out to go down in summer.

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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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