Stephen Thompson Advises Conor McGregor to Get Back to His ‘Karate Style’ Against Dustin Poirier

Published 05/26/2021, 10:54 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 12: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor trains during an open workout at his gym on August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)


The UFC 264 event is going to be one of the best MMA events of the year. The much-anticipated trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will headline the event.

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Apart from the main event fight, there are several other highly anticipated fights scheduled to take place that night. One such fight is between welterweights Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson.

Recently, during an interview, ‘Wonderboy’ was seen talking about the much-awaited fight between Poirier and ‘The Notorious’ one.

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Thompson believes that coming into this fight, Poirier will be much more confident than McGregor. He said, “I think definitely Dustin Poirier has the role of this fight just because he’s coming off the win TKO him I think in the second round. So he’s definitely coming in with the confidence for sure.” 

Although ‘Wonderboy’ believes that McGregor has the ability to go out there and beat Poirier, he believes that for this to happen McGregor needs to get back to his original style.

“I think the person that really has to do most of the work, who has to do most of the changing, is going to be Conor McGregor. He’s got to get back to his karate style of fighting, not the boxing style which he’s been doing a lot of before his last fight.

“So hopefully, he’s an intelligent guy, hopefully, he gets back at his karate movement not taking that damage with his low calf kicks. But I do believe Conor still has the ability to go out there and beat Dustin Poirier.”

What to expect from the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier?

McGregor and Poirier first faced each other back in 2014, at the UFC 178 event. The Irishman won that fight via a first-round TKO. Since then fans had been urging the fighters for a rematch and that happened in 2021.

This time around, Poirier emerged the victor as he TKO’d McGregor in the second round of the fight.

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With the score settled at 1-1, everyone has been waiting for the final edition of their trilogy saga. Finally, the fight is all set to take place at the UFC 264 event on July 10th, 2021.

Everyone can expect this fight to be one of the best of the year as McGregor and Poirier both seemed highly pumped. The last two fights between McGregor and Poirier ended with a TKO and one can expect a KO this time around as well. Whatever the result may be, one can expect to be entertained throughout the fight between these two talented fighters.

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Let us know who you think will win between Poirier and McGregor?

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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