Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor UFC 257 Tips, Predictions & Preview

Poirier vs McGregor Tips

Looking for Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor UFC 257 tips? Our UFC expert previews the main event and gives his predictions, tips and preview.

Both men fought back in 2014 with Conor McGregor knocking out Dustin Poirier in less than two minutes. Will the rematch be the same result, or can Poirier turn the tables? UFC 257 will take place on Sunday, January 24.


Dustin Poirier Last 5 Fights 🥊

DateResultOpponentMethod
June 27, 2020WinDan HookerDecision (unanimous)
September 7, 2019LossKhabib NurmagomedovSubmission (rear-naked choke)
April 13, 2019WinMax HollowayDecision (unanimous)
July 28, 2018WinEddie AlvarezTKO (punches)
April 14, 2018WinJustin GaethjeTKO (punches)

Conor McGregor Last 5 Fights 🥊

DateResultOpponentMethod
January 18, 2020WinDonald CerroneTKO (head kick and punches)
October 6, 2018LossKhabib NurmagomedovSubmission (neck crank)
November 12, 2016WinEddie AlvarezTKO (punches)
August 20, 2016WinNate DiazDecision (majority)
March 5, 2016LossNate DiazSubmission (rear-naked choke)

 

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor Tips, Predictions & Preview

The improvement of Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier has been significant since their first encounter in 2014. He won the interim UFC Lightweight Championship in April 2019 by beating Max Holloway by unanimous decision. Unfortunately for Poirier, he would bump into Khabib Nurmagomedov when fighting for the UFC Lightweight Championship. The fight would enter the third round before the unbeaten Khabib would win via a rear-naked choke.

That loss to Khabib is the only loss in his last six fights; he has beaten Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Holloway and Dan Hooker in his recent 5-1 run.

Looking at the rematch, Poirier should have an edge on the ground if he can get McGregor to the mat. He is also no slouch when it comes to standing up and trading punches. He showed in the Holloway fight that his skills on his feet have come a long way, but will he want to try and trade with McGregor considering that didn’t work out too well back in 2014?

For years now, the Irishman has left opponents with no answer as McGregor’s fluent, accurate and powerful strikes have picked apart many men. 19 of his 22 wins have come via knockout which reiterates how good McGregor’s striking game is.

The question that is going to be asked in this fight is will there be any ring rust for McGregor. His last fight was against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and that lasted a mere 40 seconds as McGregor used a head kick followed by punches to finish Cowboy off quickly. Since November 2016, McGregor has fought just twice, losing to Khabib in October 2018 and his win over Cowboy in January.

McGregor was concerned about the takedown against Khabib, and rightly so, but he should let his hands fly with ease this time around considering the takedown won’t be as big of a threat from Poirier. In saying that, McGregor can’t be reckless and leave himself open to being taken down either.

Back in their 2014 meeting, McGregor walked into the fight in red-hot form having fought regularly, including a win over Holloway in August 2013. He would then stop Poirier with punches within one minute and 46 seconds. This fight should last more than two minutes this time around, but the outcome may well be the same. Poirier had to rally against Hooker in his most recent fight, having lost the first two rounds. A slow start against McGregor will be disastrous as the Irishman could have the American staring up at the lights in the opening couple of rounds.

While we expect this to be a more competitive fight the second time around due to Poirier’s improvement, McGregor is still a dangerous striker and he could record another knockout win over Poirier before the end of Round 2.

UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2 Complete Card Predictions

The co-main event is a Lightweight bout between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler. Hooker looks a strong chance of walking away with victory in this one.


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