How Will Dustin Poirier Beat Conor McGregor in the Trilogy Fight at UFC 264?

Published 06/22/2021, 2:10 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Dustin Poirier poses on the scale during the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Dustin Poirier will meet Conor McGregor for a trilogy fight on July 10 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The rematch that took place between the duo early this year is the most successful UFC pay-per-event view of 2021. Therefore, all eyes are on the trilogy fight, making it even bigger than the rematch. Both the fighters have one win against each other as they are heading towards the decider.

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The first time when they met the fight couldn’t cross the first round. ‘The Notorious’ caught Poirier with a left hand that landed behind the ear. ‘The Diamond’ slowly collapsed, eating a couple of hammer fists and punches which forced the referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.

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)

In the rematch at UFC 257, ‘The Diamond’ had his revenge by knocking out McGregor in the second round. The calf kick by Poirier was the most effective technique that compromised McGregor’s right leg. After the defeat, McGregor asked for an immediate trilogy fight to settle the scores once and for all. Since his loss ‘The Notorious’ has switched on his beast mode and has been training repeatedly.

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Conor McGregor is coming to avenge and seems unshakable in his own belief as he guarantees to finish the job. He has worked on his technique and will be ready for the calf kicks.

So how will Dustin Poirier defeat McGregor this time?

Key to succeed for Dustin Poirier to beat Conor McGregor

Although McGregor has worked on dealing with the calf kicks, it’s still a must-use technique for Poirier. The nerves in the lower legs are incredibly susceptible to damage. Therefore calf kicks will again play a huge part in the success of Poirier’s game.

This time around he will be more confident with the kicks and will throw them with full intent. ‘The Diamond’ is arguably the best boxer in the Lightweight division so mixing his boxing with the calf kicks could carve his path to glory.

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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)

Conor McGregor is one of the most aggressive fighters in the opening rounds. Therefore Dustin Poirier has to start cautiously and maintain his distance so he can weather the early storm. ‘The Diamond’ would like to take McGregor into the deep water by stretching the fight till the fourth and fifth rounds. This is a time where the Irishman starts to exhaust and becomes more vulnerable to hit.

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Even though Poirier has proved that he has the potential to stand toe to toe with the Irishman still it’s a risk he should avoid taking.

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Who will win the trilogy fight? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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