Dustin Poirier will face his arch-nemesis Conor McGregor for the third time in his career at UFC 264. The epic showdown will take place at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas on 10th July. Coming into this fight both Poirier and McGregor have one win against each other and it will be exciting to see who will get his hand raised at UFC 264.
The Diamond took his revenge for the loss he suffered in the first fight by knocking out Conor McGregor in the second round of their rematch at UFC 257. In the process, he became the only fighter to hand a KO loss to the former dual champion. Going into the rematch, Dustin Poirier’s game plan was extremely smart. As his entire focus during the fight was to hurt the Irishman’s legs and he did succeed by constantly kicking his calf. As soon as he saw Notorious struggling, he seized the opportunity and landed a powerful barrage of punches and knocked Conor McGregor out.
However, Dustin Poirier is aware that McGregor won’t fall for the same trap twice and expects the Irishman to make certain adjustments for the trilogy fight. As we lead into the fight Poirier has disclosed his new gameplan for the trilogy fight in an interview with ESPN MMA.
While speaking to ESPN journalist Brett Okamoto, Dustin Poirier revealed, “Kick him in the head instead of the calf. Submit him, I mean there are lots of ways to get him out there. Drag him in the deep waters and show him that I’m willing to bleed more than he is. I think that hurts.”
Dustin Poirier speaks about the adjustments that he expects Conor Mcgregor to make in the trilogy fight
Dustin Poirier also spoke about the adjustments that Conor McGregor would make coming into this fight. Furthermore, he also predicted the Irishman’s approach to this fight.
In conversation with ESPN’s journalist Brett Okamoto, The Diamond predicted that “Obviously he’s [Conor McGregor] gonna try to check the calf kicks if I throw them, right?… I might not even throw calf kicks. I’m expecting him to throw calf kicks, honestly. I’m working on countering calf kicks over here. I’m not even working on landing them. But I think he’s gonna be more aggressive. He’s not gonna let the fight unfold, I think, as it unfolded. If I was him, I would try to touch me early and keep me out of rhythm because if this thing starts to blossom into a fight… we start hurting in there, we start having to grind it out, we start getting a rhythm, I win that fight ten out of ten times.”
As a consequence, it will be quite interesting to watch how the fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor unfolds. Moreover, the winner of this fight will certainly cement their legacy and move on to become the number one contender for the lightweight belt.