2021’s first PPV event UFC 257- the event we all had been waiting for so long. Headlined by the UFC’s poster boy and The Notorious One Conor Mcgregor and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, this is the perfect start of the year all the hardcore MMA fans needed.
Poirier and Mcgregor both belong to the division with the biggest talent pool in the UFC. The biggest question everybody has in mind is,” who will emerge victorious?”
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While the odds favor Mcgregor, one must not forget that MMA is a brutal sport with a fair share of uncertainties and upsets. We’ve witnessed Nate Diaz submitting Conor Mcgregor and Justin Gaethje TKOing Tony Ferguson.
So, it would be safe to say that even though an underdog, Poirier poses a serious threat to his opponents when inside the octagon. The first meeting between these men didn’t end well for Poirier as he got knocked out in the 1st round with a little less than 2 minutes remaining.
In order to provide a logical explanation to the question if Dustin Poirier could takedown Conor Mcgregor, we need to compare their styles, strengths and weaknesses. Both are primarily stand-up fighters with a solid background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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Mcgregor seems to have mastered the sweet science of boxing in the MMA world along with mixing it with other other stand-up fighting styles like capoeira which when blended with his devastating left hand, gives him an edge over most of his opponents.
Dustin Poirier has a ground advantage over Conor McGregor
On the other hand, Poirier can surely throw a devastating combo of punches, a quality he exhibited during his fight of the year nominee comeback bout against Dan Hooker. But even though he is a good striker, he still falls short of Mcgregor in terms of stand-up skills.
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Most notably, Khabib has stated that Conor Mcgregor’s the toughest opponent he has ever faced. Mcgregor’s biggest weakness is his stamina. He has gassed out during later rounds in some of his fights, like he got dominated in the later rounds in his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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So, if Poirier sets hid game-plan in such a manner that the fight goes into the championship rounds and if he makes good use of his Jiu-Jitsu skills to tire Mcgregor and dominate him on the ground, then he can secure a win over this classy opponent.
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