‘There Was a Lot of Free Things Given’ – Conor McGregor on What Went Wrong Against Dustin Poirier in Their Rematch

Published 07/08/2021, 1:28 PM EDT
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 will step inside the octagon against Dustin Poirier for a highly anticipated trilogy fight at UFC 264. It will be the first fight for the pair after their rematch at UFC 257. Ahead of this intriguing clash, ‘Notorious’ opens up about his rematch against the ‘Diamond’.

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In their rematch at UFC 257, McGregor displayed his elite striking skills and caught Poirier a few times. However, Poirier set the tone for how the fight would play out by targeting McGregor with leg kicks. The fight lasted for two rounds, resulting in Poirier winning via TKO in the second round.

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Recently, McGregor sat down with the well-known sports news reporter Stephen A. Smith. ESPN MMA shared a snippet of the interview on their official Twitter account. In the interview, Smith asked McGregor what went wrong in the rematch against Poirier.

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‘Mystic Mac’ said – “There was a lot of free things given, there was the weight on scales given, there were shots in the octagon given, there was applause and support given. There’s nothing free given this time. Everything is getting took. And that’s the mindset here.”

“I mean, there’s a few things, I pity the man. To be honest with you, I was looking past him. I had a Manny Pacquiao camp in place.” 

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Conor McGregor shares his prediction for the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier

The pair first clashed at UFC 178 in 2014. The first chapter of this trilogy ended with ‘Mystic Mac’ securing a first-round TKO victory. Then, as mentioned above, the second chapter resulted in the ‘Diamond’ claiming a second-round TKO victory. 

Their first two bouts prove that both McGregor and Poirier have the strength to knock each other out. Moreover, there is nothing that suggests the trilogy fight will go to the distance. And McGregor shares the same belief.

In the same interview, Mcgregor said – “KO! Out on a stretcher this man’s going.”

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Regardless of the outcome of this intriguing trilogy fight, it is going to be a highly entertaining bout for the fans. Both McGregor and Poirier are training intensely and aiming to put on a great show for the fans at UFC 264.

What do you make of what McGregor had to say about his rematch against Poirier? What’s your prediction for McGregor vs. Poirier 3?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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