The Mystic Mac Returns! Conor McGregor Makes a Prediction for his Dustin Poirier Rematch at UFC 257

Published 01/05/2021, 1:10 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC megastar Conor McGregor took to Twitter and dropped an iconic ‘Mystic Mac’ premonition, heading into UFC 257. January 23, 2021, will mark McGregor’s return to the cage after an absence of almost a year. He will compete against Dustin Poirier in a grudge match that could shine the light on the next divisional champion.

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Conor McGregor is now determined to reassert the dominance he had exhibited early in his career with a statement performance. Additionally, he’s not short of confidence considering he’s had tremendous success against Poirier in the past. McGregor has spent a majority of his campaign talking up a storm about his return, and he’s now ready to deliver.

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The aforementioned lightweights first scrapped back in 2014, where McGregor handily got the better of Poirier in their contest. Dustin fought emotionally and it was clear that the Irishman across him had a natural poise that couldn’t be taught. Now, several years later, the evolution is apparent, and it’s clear that the two fighters will bring forth new looks.

UFC 257- Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier: How did we get here?

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McGregor’s return comes off the back of yet another retirement that he announced following the events of UFC 250. At the time he stated a lack of competition, however, it’s clear that a Poirier rematch is more than enticing. The retirement came off the back of a scintillating 40-second TKO finish over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January 2020.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (top) fights Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Dustin Poirier was on the comeback trail himself in 2020 after he lost his 2019 title shot to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a devastating fashion. He bounced back from his longest career lay-off with a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender performance against Dan Hooker. The grit and toughness he’s shown in his contests as of late is the strongest indicator of his growth.

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UFC 257 comes in to be one of the most anticipated events in recent memory, simply because of the high stakes involved. Michael Chandler also makes his UFC debut against Dan ‘Hangman’ Hooker in the co-main event of the card. What’s more, there’s no doubt that the future of the lightweight division will play out at UFC 257.

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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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