Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will square off in the Octagon for a third time in Las Vegas on July 7 at UFC 264. With it 1-1 in the series, who will take the decider and move closer to a world title shot?
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Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor 3 UFC 264 Betting Tips & Predictions
After Conor McGregor was knocked out by Dustin Poirier in their second encounter back in January, the Irishman stated that he lost because of inactivity.
He felt that the absence of real competition for 12 months was the reason he was beaten by Poirier, and that it would never happen again. He basically hinted that he would fight regularly so ring rust didn’t settle in.
Well, six months has passed since that defeat, and this will be his first fight since then – so what is the difference?
Ok, the time out of the Octagon is different, but he still hasn’t fought since saying inactivity was the reason he lost.
I am a massive fan of McGregor, and I do want him to win, but once again I think his time out of the Octagon will be his downfall. He should have returned against a lesser opponent before stepping in against the likes of Poirier.
Poirier had McGregor’s number in the last fight, and I fear he is inside the Irishman’s head. So, I am backing Poirier to get his hand raised again with a knockout in the third.
I am not sure what excuse McGregor will use if he loses again, but maybe he should announce his retirement once again and this time stick to it.
Road To Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor 3
When Conor McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier in the first round back at UFC 178 in 2014, I don’t think many of us thought we would see these two share an Octagon two more times – but here we are.
The Irishman outclassed the American in their first bout and his career took off as he went on to beat Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title, before taking the UFC lightweight belt off Eddie Alvarez.
Since then, McGregor has fought three times in UFC – he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 229 in 2018, before returning to action with a first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone.
He was then absent for 12 months and returned against Poirier and was so cold it wasn’t funny. Poirier looked rattled in the first round, but McGregor couldn’t put him away and made him pay in the second round.
Poirier has been beaten six times in his professional career and was named interim lightweight champion with a points decision win over Max Holloway at UFC 236.
In his next fight, he fought for the real title and was choked out by Khabib and has not fought for a belt since. Victory for the second time over McGregor will see his stock rise considerably and he will have to be close to challenging Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title.
Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor 3 UFC 264 Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Conor McGregor: “He talks some amount lately. He’s going to pay for that, that’s for sure. It’s not going to be nice.”
Dustin Poirier: “If I am the best in the world, then I’m going to beat Conor and fight for the belt. It’s like doubling down on yourself. I’m a gambling man. I believe in my skills and fighting. So, I just doubled down. That’s what it was. I don’t know how much you want to get into the actual contractual stuff with this, but me fighting for the belt, I wouldn’t have got pay-per-view [points]. I”d have got a base salary of probably not even a third of my base salary for this fight. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m a prize fighter… If I’m going to make five, six, seven, 10 times the amount of money to fight, I’m a father, I’m a husband and I have priorities. The good thing about this one is if it’s crazy Conor again, I just don’t give a f—k anymore. I really don’t care. And in the last one too, if he’d have been crazy, I’d have been all right… I think it’s going to be crazy Conor again, I’m pretty sure. How crazy can you be? You got knocked out last time. We put you on airplane mode in front of the world, in Abu Dhabi. What can you say? If I was (Conor McGregor), I would try to touch me early and keep me out of rhythm. Because if this thing starts to blossom into a fight — second, third, fourth [round] — we start hurting in there, we start having to grind it out, we start getting a rhythm, I win that fight 10 out of 10 times.”
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