WATCH: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Stare Down in an Intense Face-Off

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January 22, 2021 9:03 am

Conor McGregor ends his 1-year absence from the UFC Octagon, as he returns to face Dustin Poirier in a lightweight clash this weekend at UFC 257. ‘The Notorious‘ will face ‘The Diamond’ in a rematch between the fighters. Ahead of the scintillating clash, the two men faced off today after the pre-fight press conference.

Despite a much respectful build-up this time than their last contest in 2014, there were signs of fire in both men’s eyes. Poirier especially seemed determined to shock the world and make the score even. McGregor, though, is in supremely good shape and is looking to build on his last performance.

You know what’s gonna happen,” said Poirier. “Yeah, it’s on! You know what it is. We both know,” McGregor replied. It was much more respectful than UFC 178, but the intensity is still the same between the two world-class fighters.

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)

Needless to say, McGregor is a different person now from the one that faced Poirier at UFC 178. He is insanely rich, and probably the biggest name in combat sports and UFC history. He has elevated the sport to an unimaginable level.

Poirier too has realized his share of success. Apart from winning the interim UFC lightweight championship, he has also challenged for the undisputed gold. He has certainly established himself as a household name among the UFC faithful.

Conor McGregor wants to show his best version to the world

McGregor believes he is more ready than he has ever been ahead of his clash against Poirier. ‘The Diamond’ will have to be careful of the first few rounds, as McGregor is the most dangerous at the start of the fight with his insane power, precision, and accuracy.

To take the fight to the later rounds is Poirier’s best chance of coming out triumphant. But, it’s easier said than done. As for McGregor, he already has the recipe to dismantle Poirier.

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Apratim Banerjee

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports, currently living in Kolkata. His favorite fighters are Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua. Apratim has pursued a B.E. degree from Jadavpur University.

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