Main Card: Sunday 24th January 2020 @ 03:00 BST
A lot has changed since Conor McGregor last stepped foot inside the octagon. Rewind to January 2020, back when Corona was merely a light Mexican lager and people were allowed to cough in public without Boris Johnson immediately instigating a 4-year national lockdown and McGregor aka “Mystic Mac” was back doing what he does best….Predicting his method of victory and then delivering on the biggest stage!
Fast forward to January 2021, we are now just a few days away from McGregor billi strutting his way to the octagon once more and although he faces a familiar foe in Dustin Poirier, there will be some gigantic differences. The most notable of which; just a mere 2,000 fans will be in attendance for both the fight and the press conference, a long way from the sold-out arenas you come to associate with a Conor McGregor PPV.
Despite the restrictions in place however, nothing can prevent this fight from becoming one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipted rematches of the year. Not even a global pandemic.
In the first fight, the young brash Irishman predicted that he was going to crack Dustin with a jab and put him away early, more specifically stating, “It’s going to be a first-round KO. Mark my words”. Words which he would later turn into reality.
Dustin Poirier on the other hand has promised that this weekend’s rematch will be different but he ought to be worried with McGregor’s prediction of a 60 second knockout this time round, especially as McGregor did exactly that in his last fight, a 40 second mauling of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Both now fathers and with little being said in the way of thrash talk this time around, Dustin is a far more mature and focused fighter than before and has improved tenfold since the first meeting in 2014, with the permanent move up to Lightweight really paying off.
During this time, Poirier has racked up impressive victories against: Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Dan Hooker and Max Holloway; becoming the Interim UFC Lightweight Champion in the process which is even more impressive after Holloway’s boxing masterclass against a tough Boston brawler in Calvin Kattar just last week.
This is going to be a great fight and I hope for the fans sake that this turns out to be an absolute war following the lines of Dustin’s prediction for, “both fighters to be dripping with blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight”.
Personally, I don’t see this happening with McGregor possessing far more power and skill in the boxing department when compared to Dustin. However, the longer the fight develops the more it plays into Poirier’s hands whose stamina is far more proven and developed than McGregor has demonstrated in some of his previous fights, notably fading in the first Diaz fight and the iconic boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
OVERALL, who am I to disagree with Mystic Mac…Conor McGregor by KO in the first round!!!!
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