Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier meet to settle the rating at UFC 264 this Saturday in Las Vegas.
McGregor knocked Poirier out in 2014. Poirier knocked McGregor out in January, so who will now win the conflict? Legends and professionals have had their say forward of the showdown.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (Former UFC light-weight champion – who beat each males)
“As soon as once more, similar factor right here [as in the second fight] – the primary spherical is for Conor, he can take it. If he doesn’t [win in the first round], then Dustin wins.”
Tyson Fury (WBC heavyweight boxing champion
“It’s Conor McGregor’s ultimate roll of the cube,” he defined to talkSPORT. “If he loses this one, it’s curtains, isn’t it?
“My prediction for the McGregor vs Poirier struggle is that I feel McGregor will win this time. He’s been coaching onerous and he’s bought all of it to show. It’s going to be an incredible occasion and one to look at, so tune in.”
Dan Hardy (former UFC fighter)
“I do assume [McGregor] is mostly a greater martial artist than Poirier.
“I feel he’s bought a greater mastery of vary and placing, a greater understanding of the appliance of martial arts and easy methods to work any person over psychologically as effectively.”
Mike Tyson (former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion)
“When [McGregor’s] going to come back in, he’ll knock [Poirier] out.
“Folks are available in to see the present, so that you’ve to be a showman. He’s the king of pay-per-view with regards to that stuff.”
Colby Covington (former UFC welterweight title challenger)
“My prediction is it’s most likely going to be the identical factor as final time. Conor has cashed out. He’s made all that cash in opposition to Floyd [Mayweather] and along with his whiskey enterprise, so he has nothing left to do.
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“He’s not motivated anymore, you possibly can clearly see that in his fights now. He’s clearly not the identical hungry fighter he was early on waking up early and going to mattress late. Coaching, consuming and sleeping preventing.
“So I feel it’s going to be the identical final result, Dustin Poirier will get his hand raised and hold doing what he does.”
Robert Whittaker (former UFC middleweight champion)
“Conor McGregor regarded actually good till he didn’t, proper? That’s the way it all the time works. Poirier can outlast him.
“The longer the struggle goes, the extra favour he’s in successful. If I used to be a betting man I’d lean in direction of Poirier most likely.”
Michael Chandler (former UFC light-weight title challenger)
“I feel Conor could make some changes that can pay dividends for him within the third struggle, however I additionally consider that Dustin Poirier is likely one of the most robust and most expert guys within the division.
“They’ve each been completed by one another, they each have nice chins, each have nice placing, nice shot choice.
“I feel Conor has a slight edge as you’ve all the time bought to provide the sting to Conor, particularly if he comes out with the ‘no extra Mr. Good Man’ angle. He can get into Poirier’s head a bit of bit.”
Valentina Shevchenko (UFC Girls’s flyweight champion)
“Each are nice fighters, however I all the time lean in direction of Conor McGregor. I all the time say ‘he’s going to win this struggle’ and that’s why I see him because the victorious man on this struggle.”
Leon Edwards (UFC welterweight)
“It’s a detailed one. I feel if Conor could make the fitting changes, he ought to get it executed. I feel he’s the higher, skilful fighter.
“So if I needed to put cash on it, I’d go Conor.”
Michael Bisping (UFC Corridor of Famer and former UFC Middleweight champion)
“The fact is, this is likely one of the largest fights the UFC has ever placed on. McGregor, as we all know, is the largest star the game has ever seen and I don’t assume we’ll see one as large once more.
“It’s a improbable storyline, 1-1, Dustin simply knocked him out chilly and it’s tough to foretell what’s going to occur on this struggle.
“The fact is that they each have the flexibility to knock one another out. I do assume a figuring out issue would be the inactivity of McGregor.
“For fighters being inactive and being distracted with different issues is detrimental to a fighter’s profession.
“Dustin has been extra energetic, he’s been preventing higher folks and has extra expertise within the ring at this stage.
“It’s going to be an incredible struggle.”
Dan Hooker (UFC light-weight)
“It’s a tricky one as a result of Conor is like ‘oh yeah I’m going to examine the calf kicks’ however it’s not a simple factor.
“I feel given the quick area of time between the 2 fights, they’re some large changes for Conor to make and for that purpose I’d lean in direction of Dustin.”
Georges St-Pierre (UFC Corridor of Famer and former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion)
“I feel McGregor is superb in rematches, and I feel he’s going to have the victory.
“I feel he’s most likely going to win within the second spherical. A knockout.”
Kamaru Usman (UFC welterweight champion)