Dustin Poirier shared his Ideas Conor McGregor’s skillset, Poirier and McGregor meet each other at a rematch at UFC 257 and later McGregor winning by TKO in under two minutes.
With regards to striking, Poirier touched McGregor’s ability to throw counter punches:
“Watching footage and stuff like that, I can tell you the guy has one of the best counter-2s in the game, no doubt about it. His timing, his balance, his understanding of distance when guys are being too heavy on their front foot and throwing power shots, he’s a great counter-puncher, he really is. I give him credit for that.
At UFC 257 in January, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will go head to head for the next time in their careers. Both former featherweights have come a long way since, with both men getting champions at the 155-pound branch at the same stage in their careers.
Currently, both Porier and McGregor are once again on the road to a championship, and also their rematch in UFC 257 will undoubtedly have some title consequences.
UFC lightweight rival Dustin Poirier recently shared what he thinks of Conor McGregor’s abilities before their UFC 257 matchup.
Talking to MMA Junkie, Poirier gave an honest assessment of the Notorious’ skills.
Following submission losses to Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor’s submission and grappling skills are put into question. Poirier however believes that McGregor’s grappling acumen was wrongly suppressed:
“I think people – because he’s been submitted and he is such a big puncher – I think people dismiss his ground game, but I think his jiu-jitsu and his grappling is better than people are giving him credit for, I really do.”
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I am not underestimating Conor McGregor: Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier understands better than to take Conor McGregor lightly. In their first meeting back in 2014, McGregor needed just a minute and 47 seconds to finish Poirier off by TKO.
As impressive as that performance was, Poirier believes that Conor McGregor will have more to reveal in their rematch in UFC 257:
“I’m sure he’s always evolving. I’m sure he’s working, trying to get better.”
Looking to Prevent a repeat of history, Poirier is preparing to get the best Edition of Conor McGregor there is:
“I’m not underestimating this guy in any aspect of mixed martial arts. I expect the guy to come out as a mixed martial artist, not a boxer, not a one-puncher, he’s coming to fight, and so am I.”
Rewind the clocks ⏳
— UFC (@ufc) November 23, 2020
With possibly the future of the UFC’s lightweight branch hanging in the balance, the Poirier-McGregor battle at UFC 257 is shaping up to be among the most highly-anticipated matches for 2021.