The highly-anticipated rubber match between “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (22-5) and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) is this weekend, and most fans are hoping that McGregor isn’t as lackluster as he was last time.
Ahead of the big fight, McGregor admitted that he didn’t have his head in the game for his fight against Poirier back in January. He said that he was distracted during the fight and looking past him because he was thinking about a fight against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
“I pitied the man,” McGregor said, via ESPN’s Marc Raimondi. “I was looking past him. I had a Manny Pacquiao camp in place.”
But McGregor has made it clear that Poirier has his full attention this time. He said he’s going into the fight with “vicious intent” and intends to knock Poirier out.
“I’m coming in to kill this man,” McGregor said. “I’m coming in with vicious intent here. Mortar shots. What else can I say? That’s the way it is… I’m looking to take this man out cold.”
Excellent work today! pic.twitter.com/P9K26OxnWF
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 7, 2021
Conor McGregor has only one MMA win in the past 4.5 years – a TKO win over Donald Cerrone in 2020. That win was sandwiched between losses to Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov in The Octagon, and a loss to Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring.
The loss to Poirier put an end to McGregor’s plans for a fight against Manny Pacquiao, but made him refocus on MMA.
UFC 264 will mark the first meeting between McGregor and Poirier. A win would likely catapult McGregor back into the top. But a loss could very-well put any big in-ring plans he has on hold.
Who will win at UFC 264: Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier?