“You Won’t Be Able to Knock Everybody Out”- Henry Cejudo Reveals What Conor McGregor Needs to Do to Win Again

Published 07/13/2021, 10:06 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo poses for a portrait backstage after his victory during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


Millions of fans across the world witnessed the trilogy bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. After the fight, many experts broke down the match-up from their individual perspectives. The former flyweight and bantamweight UFC champion Henry Cejudo also gave his views on the trilogy.

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In his recent Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier breakdown video, ‘Triple C’ said “Conor McGregor did come up with a good game plan. And if we saw him he was kicking Dustin Poirier exactly that I said prior to if you guys look at my last video. I said Conor gonna have to switch up the game plan.”

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Henry Cejudo continued, “Either way, Conor did a good job. But I think the only problem with Conor if I was giving some advice is he needs to become a better competitor than he is a fighter. What do I mean by that a competitor is all about winning.

“A competitor is somebody that understands that how to finish the race how to finish those five rounds because you won’t be able to knock everybody out. Even though you do say it. Kind of like the same way he fought Nate Diaz.” 

Henry Cejudo thinks Dustin Poirier did a “good job”

Henry Cejudo believes ‘The Notorious’ came up with a decent game plan of hitting Poirier with the leg kicks. Unlike the last fight at UFC 257 where McGregor had no answer for the calf kicks. Yet McGregor was behind on all three Judges’ scorecards from 8 to 10 on two judges and 9 to 10 on the other.

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Cejudo also said, Dustin Poirier did a good job with the pressure he was persistent he was on the more you pressure Conor McGregor. He started pressuring him towards the end of round one. You know the more the tide started changing, he used the grappling he allowed Conor to go in for the choke to tire out his arms. And just to pressure him the ground n pound and the elbows all of them he does a good job with them.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier points at 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)

‘The Diamond’ is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu therefore, he remained calm and collected when McGregor tried to pull off a guillotine choke. Poirier tired McGregor as he slowly took the top position. He made the Irishman pay for his failed submission attempt with nasty ground n pound. Ultimately, after taking some punishment, McGregor stood back on his feet where he broke his lower tibia, which ended the fight.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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