UFC 264 features a much-anticipated fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. This is a crucial fight in the lightweight division, which will determine the next opponent for the champion, Charles Oliveira.
Besides that, this will have a huge impact on the UFC career of both Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. If McGregor loses this fight then he will be out of the title picture in the lightweight division and his star power will diminish significantly in the fight business. On the other hand, if Dustin Poirier loses in the trilogy he will miss an opportunity to capture the undisputed lightweight UFC title.
With high stakes on the line, both Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will enter the octagon at UFC 264. But who will come out victorious? The Former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping gives his prediction for the trilogy and it seems The Count is leaning towards Dustin Poirier. However, Bisping also stated that McGregor will be more motivated for the trilogy and might avenge his loss.
In a recent interview with Helen Yee, Michael Bisping stated:
“Right now it would have to favor Dustin. And the reason I say that is because they just fought and Dustin knocked him out. Of course, they are one apiece. But when Conor knocked out Dustin it was a long long time ago at 145 of course. So the ability to take a shot for Dustin is a little more improved. We saw he took the shot against Conor the first time.”
“They both knocked each other out. They both have tremendous skills. I think the momentum should lean towards Dustin. But, you can never underestimate Conor McGregor as we know. And he is a very wealthy man. But, the one thing you can not buy the UFC championship. And we know Conor holds his fighting reputation dear to his heart. He is gonna be motivated for this fight. Because you can not buy respect you have to earn it.”
Michael Bisping praises Conor McGregor
Michael Bisping also gave credit to Conor McGregor for fighting Dustin Poirier without opting for any warm-up fights. Bisping stated:
“But I say I respect Conor here. I know personally to walk back into an octagon to fight somebody that knocked you out cold and left you on the canvas without getting a tune in the fight, without getting a warmup fight to get your confidence back that takes a lot of balls.”
It’s hard to disagree with Bisping’s prediction for the trilogy. Though Conor has a solid chance to win the trilogy Dustin should be the favorite going into the third fight.