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Dan Hunter 08 Jul 2021
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Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Tips 


The no.1 draw in MMA, Conor McGregor takes on old rival Dustin Poirier for the third time when the two headline UFC 264 on July 11 at the 20,000 capacity T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. This is a must-win fight for McGregor, who was sensationally knocked out in two rounds by Poirier in January. 
This will be the third meeting between McGregor and Poirier, with the score at one win apiece.

McGregor won their first fight in September 2014 via a 42-second TKO. The rematch took place over five years later in January 2021, with Poirier scoring a 2nd round TKO in a huge upset. 
McGregor has now lost three of his last four fights, including a 10th round TKO defeat against Floyd Mayweather in the Irishman’s only professional boxing match, although prior to his loss to Poirier, McGregor had been set to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. 

I’m backing Conor McGregor to show the world just why he became the biggest draw in UFC history by producing a sensational performance and scoring a third round TKO over Dustin Poirier. 

  • McGregor 22-5, 19 KO’s
  • McGregor former 3 weight UFC champion 
  • Poirier 27-6, 13 KO’s
  • Poirier former interim UFC lightweight champion 

Head to Head 


This will be the third and most likely final time these two ring warriors meet. The score currently stands at one win apiece, with McGregor winning their first encounter in September 2014 at UFC 178. At that time both were competing as featherweights (135 lbs, lightweight in boxing terms). McGregor wasn’t yet the superstar he would become, and his fight with Poirier was only third on the bill. Less than a minute into the first round McGregor landed with a shot that floored Poirier and the Irishman was on him in a flash, pounding him with more headshots. The referee stopped the action after just 42 seconds. 

Their second fight came in January 2021, at welterweight (155 lbs) and by now McGregor was one of the most famous faces on the planet. He’d also lost two of his last three fights. The bout took place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. 

The rematch was less high kicks and more boxing and close-quarter fighting using elbows and shoulders. Poirier persistently employed a low calf kick to McGregor’s lead leg, and by midway through the second round, the Irishman was losing his balance. Poirier took advantage with some heavy, fast head punches that floored McGregor. Poirier rained down more punches and the referee stopped the fight. 

Conor McGregor Form 


32-year old Dublin-born Conor McGregor (22-5, 19 KO’s) suffered two early losses in his career in Ireland, then went 17-1 in eight years between 2010-2018, losing only to Nate Diaz, whom he defeated in an immediate rematch. In 2017 McGregor took part in a boxing match with retired 5-weigh world champion Floyd Mayweather which generated huge PPV interest, and netted McGregor more than $100 million.  

Although he was stopped by Mayweather in ten rounds, the defeat was more down to exhaustion, and any damage he took was minimal. McGregor’s next MMA fight came in 2018 against the undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. With 2.4 million PPV buys, it was the biggest money spinner in UFC history, and was a closely fought contest until Nurmagomedov scored a submission win in round four. 

After taking an extended break, McGregor returned to action in January 2020 with an explosive 1st round KO of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds. McGregor was keen to continue with his comeback, but because of COVID 19 he was forced to wait a year before taking on old foe Dustin Poirier, and despite a confident start, Poirier scored an upset second round TKO victory. It was the first time in his career that McGregor has lost a fight due to punches. 

Dustin Poirier Form


32-year old American Dustin Poirier (27-6, 13 KO’s) is the current UFC no.1 lightweight contender. After his 2014 defeat by Conor McGregor, Poirier would lose just twice in his next 14 fights – a first round TKO loss to Michael Johnson in 2016, and a choke-out defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019. Poirier’s fight with Johnson marked the first time he had headlined a UFC event, and he has since headlined a further seven. 

Following his stunning second round TKO of McGregor earlier this year, MMA experts, writers, pundits and fans were virtually unanimous in their praise of Poirier, whom they believed had improved vastly as a fighter since the first contest, adding multiple facets to his ring game. 

Poirier’s boxing and striking, as well as clever use of the lower leg kick were all frequently discussed, and at the time the consensus was that McGregor had met his match, and would be unlikely to turn things around in a third fight. 

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier FAQ

When is the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight taking place?

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier takes place at 3:30 PM (AEDT) on Sunday, July 11

Where is the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight taking place?

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada


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Verdict

Dustin Poirier is a slight 4/5 favorite with the bookies to defeat Conor McGregor (evens) on Sunday, and based off his masterful performance in scoring a two-round TKO over the Irishman in January, it’s not hard to see where they are coming from.
 
The big questions going into this rubber match between Poirier and McGregor is how much has “The Notorious MMA” got left in the tank, and how much desire does he still have after banking more than $200 million.
 
The old saying goes “form is temporary but class is permanent”, and while that was originally written about cricketers, I believe it also applies here. I’m backing Conor McGregor to rediscover his desire and self belief, roll back the years and score a TKO in three rounds over Dustin Poirier.
Best Bet: McGregor Winner @100.00 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit
Best Bet: McGregor by TKO Method Of Victory @150.00 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit
Value Bet: McGregor Round 3 Round Betting @1100.0 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit

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