Dustin Poirier has ramped up his preparations for Conor McGregor by grappling with four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw.
‘The Diamond’ is about to struggle McGregor for a 3rd time at UFC 264 after knocking out the Irishman at UFC 257 in January.
Poirier turned down a light-weight title alternative so as to pursue a extra profitable bout towards ‘The Infamous’ and can know a repeat of his heroics on Combat Island will put him in pole place to problem for the belt.
Earlier than he can take into account dealing with the winner of Michael Chandler vs Charles Oliveira or his third struggle with McGregor, the 32-year-old has determined to draft in a 400lbs sparring associate.
Though McGregor is famed for his punching energy, it’s unlikely he’ll have the ability to pack the identical type of punch Brian Shaw is able to.
The 6ft 8ins strongman met up with Poirier in Denver, Colorado and rapidly realised dimension just isn’t every part and was quickly tapping out after the light-weight locked in a standing rear bare choke.
Talking on Shaw’s YouTube channel, the Louisiana-native revealed that, after studying from the defeat to McGregor at UFC 178, he will probably be working for a stable 9 weeks within the construct as much as July 10 and UFC 264.
“The primary time me and Conor fought was 2014, after which we simply fought January of this yr, so I’ve some latest footage to interrupt down,” Poirier mentioned.
“Preparing for the final one, we knew he was going to be utterly totally different than the primary time we fought. It was six yr later, seven years later. However that’s it. We go down, begin breaking footage down, and put every part collectively to put out a stable 9 week coaching camp.”