UFC commentator and famous podcaster Joe Rogan is not totally convinced that Dustin Poirier can beat Conor McGregor in the rematch should both the fighters agree to face each other in a trilogy fight. In the past, McGregor picked up a TKO win over Dustin Poirier in the featherweight division.
However, Poirier avenged his loss to the Notorious as he secured a KO win over McGregor to retain his position as the #1 contender in the UFC’s lightweight division.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily a rich thing,” Rogan told UFC fighter and guest Kevin Holland “I don’t know if that affects him that much. I do think it’s inactivity and I do think Dustin has gotten a lot better. At 145, Dustin was depleted and diminished. At 155, he’s f**king huge. He doesn’t even look like a 155er. He looks like a 170. His back is f**king gigantic. … Dustin is f**king good, man. He is f**king good.”
While Dustin Poirier stopped McGregor in the second round to pick up the win, it looked like an easy win for McGregor heading into the match-up. Additionally, McGregor’s dominant performance in the first round where he rocked Poirier at one point can certainly not be denied. Be that as it may, it was Poirier who pieced up McGregor’s leg and finished the former dual champion in the second round to become the only fighter to get a KO win over McGregor.
Joe Rogan gives his thoughts on Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3
In the past, all of McGregor’s losses have been via way of submission. With the loss, McGregor has now two losses in his last three fights inside the Octagon with the sole win coming against former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone.
“I would never say ‘hands down,’ (Poirier will win again),” Rogan said. “You never know, because Conor did have moments in that fight. He had moments in the first round. Dustin said there was a moment in the first round where he got his bell rung and he was in trouble. Imagine if Conor connects again. That’s how fights are. Weird things happen.”
That being said, Rogan acknowledged the unpredictability of the sport and stated that he can’t say for sure if Poirier does it again. Needless to say, if McGregor can make the necessary adjustments to his game and it promises an instant classic. However, only time will tell what lies ahead for both the fighter.
UFC President Dana White has stated that he is looking at the summer for a potential trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.