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UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor II

UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor

Dustin Poirier has one of the most beautiful careers in MMA. The American overcame a difficult childhood and a trajectory full of ups and downs to become one of the best fighters in the world. His cartel is one of the most impressive in history, with victories over Max Holloway, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Dan Hooker. In 2019, Diamante won the crowning of his career, winning the interim lightweight belt by overcoming Holloway in a rematch.

Despite his origins in jiu-jitsu and the good wrestling developed at ATT, Poirier shines in striking. His boxing is among the most effective in the sport, filled with long combinations of powerful and unpredictable punches, complemented by blows of all sorts and at all levels, not discriminating between stamping the face and body of opponents, who end up buried by the volume and Diamond power. The full game still allows Dustin to fight strategically when he deems it necessary, even though this is not his first option.

Poirier is a fan favorite and not for nothing. The resident of Lafayette has a tendency to engage in bloody battles and has the mental and physical capacity to withstand adversity, with physical conditioning as the highlight. This trend, however, can leave you in a bad spot - especially against opponents like next Saturday.

The “Notorious” Conor McGregor needs no introduction. First champion of two categories simultaneously, greatest seller in the history of the sport, the only one to convince Dana White to do “cross promoting” and, therefore, the only MMA fighter to venture into boxing at the highest level. No wonder, the Irishman is the biggest star in the history of the sport.

What many forget, however, is that McGregor accompanies media success with brilliant performances within the octagon. The karate base makes room for impressive boxing, with excellent precision and timing and, above all, the heaviest left hand in the category. The movement is excellent, especially when marching forward, forcing your opponents to hit you to hit the counterattack, in addition to being used to cut angles and corner opponents. Adapting to whoever is on the other side of the cage, Conor also uses kicks at all levels and the most varied, but always with the intention of hitting his deadly left hand.

McGregor's grappling is not well respected, but it has a good level both offensive and defensively, even though it is his weak point in the technical part. The Irishman's biggest Achilles heel, however, is cardiorespiratory conditioning, since his aerobic capacity tends to cool down as the fight goes on.

A lot has changed since the first meeting between McGregor and Poirier in 2014. Since UFC 178, the two have moved up in the category and won four UFC belts together. Still, the fit of styles is, in short, the same. Conor is the most accurate striker based on counterattacks. while Dustin bet on game volume and pocket changes. Although the American's grappling is superior, Conor has enough defensive quality to prevent the fight from taking place on the ground, which will force a standing fight. In this context, Dustin usually leaves loopholes to be countered - which is not a good idea against Notório. Unless he is in a precarious physical condition, the European is an outspoken favorite - and he gave us no indication of any flaws in his preparation. So the bet is on Conor McGregor by knockout in the first half of the fight,