Conor McGregor will take on Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight at UFC 264 on 10th July. However, The Notorious will have vengeance on his mind after he lost to Poirier in the rematch at UFC 257. Many people criticized the Irishman’s poor approach during the entire buildup of the rematch. This is because McGregor took Poirier very lightly as he had defeated him very easily in their first fight. But ever since that fight Dustin Poirier has improved his skills and defeated many world-class opponents. As a result, Conor McGregor’s lack of motivation and overconfidence cost him the fight.
The Irishman’s training partner Artem Lobov also had a similar opinion regarding McGregor’s approach during the rematch. While speaking to BJ Penn, Lobov commented that “To be honest, it wasn’t like he wasn’t fully focused or anything, he just probably didn’t give Dustin the respect he deserved,”
“He was more thinking about boxing Manny Pacquiao after the fight and was getting ready for that as Conor saw that as the challenge and Dustin was just going to be a warmup fight. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way. Dustin did his homework and improved a lot.”
Did Conor McGregor make the right decision by sticking with the same coaching staff?
After Conor McGregor suffered a brutal loss against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. A lot of people believed that McGregor lost the fight due to poor coaching. Several experts and analysts had also suggested the Irishman change his coach after the fight. But The Notorious didn’t pay any attention to those criticisms and stuck with the same coaching staff for the trilogy fight.
Artem Lobov responded to those claims and stated that “Hold on, you mean leave the coach that helped him become the first-ever two-weight world champion? You mean that coach?” Lobov said. “The coach that helped him achieve something that nobody has achieved before. Is that the coach you want him to leave? Come on now…
“We all talked about this. Sometimes Conor maybe wasn’t committed, wasn’t training as hard as he should have. We know what the issues are. It has nothing to do with the coaches. Now, he’s committed again, he’s training all the time, and he’s with the right people.”
It looks like Conor McGregor has taken the right decision by not making any drastic changes in his coaching staff for the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier. Because it would be difficult for the Irishman to adapt to the training methods of a new coach. In the end, it is better to stick with the same coach who helped him win two world titles.