‘The Man Doesn’t Have to Fight’ – Dustin Poirier Says Conor McGregor Can Stop Fighting if He Wants To

Published 07/01/2021, 12:54 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC 264 event is all set to be one of the biggest MMA events of the year. The main event of that night is the highly anticipated fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. Both fighters are training extensively for the fight as a victory could lead to an eventual title shot.

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Leading up to the fight many fans have often questioned McGregor’s motivation going into the fight. Many people believe that ‘Notorious’ doesn’t really seem determined enough to win the fight. Although when ‘The Diamond’ was asked about the same, he believes that the case is quite the opposite of this.

Poirier said, “The thing is, When I think about Conor, I think about his approach to this fight or fighting in general. The man doesn’t have to fight, you know, he’s got money, he doesn’t have to work a day again in his life. So he’s doing this not because he has to, but because he wants to. And that just shows me he’s motivated, that he’s not going out there to lose or to collect a check.”

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“He’s not showing up for work, he’s showing up to try to prove to himself in the world that he’s still the best. That motivates me to show up at my best because the guy doesn’t have to walk in there and fight. He’s doing that coz he wants to, and that’s a dangerous man right there.”

McGregor is one of the richest sports personalities in the world. Therefore, the fact that even then ‘Notorious’ is willing to fight shows Poirier his determination to win.

Leading up to the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier first faced each other at the UFC 178 event. McGregor won that fight via a first-round TKO. Ever since that fight fans had been eagerly waiting for a rematch between the two fighters. Finally, in January 2021 at the UFC 257 event, the fighters faced each other again.

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This time around Poirier won the fight via a second-round TKO, setting up an exciting trilogy fight. Like the earlier two fights, one can expect this fight to be entertaining as well, and going by the past results we can expect this fight to end via KO/TKO as well.

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Who do you think will win the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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