Why Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier Matters so Much to Everyone?

Published 07/08/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier 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)


The stage is finally set for the biggest fight of the year as the richest man in all sports takes on one of the nicest guys in MMA. While this might be painting them in a corner, you cannot dissociate Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier from these traits.

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McGregor has turned himself into a global brand, and everything he touches turns to gold. On the other hand, Poirier is doing his hardest to make life better for the citizens of Lafayette, Louisiana. Their fight at UFC 264 has divided the MMA community in half.

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However, this is not the true Conor McGregor. Behind all the trash talk, cars, and money, lives a man who would do anything for his family. The theatrics might mask the true nature of this Irish legend who recently donated $5 million to a charity in Poirier’s hometown because of a gentleman’s agreement. Dustin Poirier is a great man who deserves all the love and support that he gets, but it shouldn’t mar the image of his opponent.

Hence, this fight is not just a fight between two superstars of the sport. It’s a spectacle for those who are new to this business. For the old heads who enjoy watching two men battle it out in a cage just for the sake of it, the beauty is not lost. Conor McGregor, the man who has lost two fights in the lightweight division, dominantly so, gets another chance to prove himself on the biggest stage.

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This fight matters so much because it’s a statement of intent from the UFC. They are not afraid to make tough decisions, and they never will be. Under the leadership of Dana White, UFC has taken advantage of every single situation thrown at them, and they will continue to do so. Making this fight wasn’t a hard decision for them at all. In fact, the fighters asked for it themselves.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier 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 Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

However, it does tell you that the fighters have begun to recognize how this entire business works. They know that they only have so much to give, and while they might find much more success fighting for the title, the UFC encourages them to fight for themselves and their money. It’s a bloody, sweaty, fast-paced, 25-minute abbreviation of the American Dream, and the UFC wants you to take it all in.

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When the fight finally does roll down on July 10th in the main event of UFC 264, be sure that you are there because the stage is set, and the fans are there. Join the large horde of the crowd living and breathing in the atmosphere of one of the most electric fights the UFC  has to offer right now.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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