‘I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds’: Conor McGregor vows to finish Poirier even quicker than last time as he insists American ‘is still levels below’ him ahead of UFC 257
- Conor McGregor will step into the octagon for first time in more than a year
- He faces Dustin Poirier in rematch and has predicted a quick victory at UFC 257
- Irishman has pledged to polish off opponent within the first minute of the fight
Conor McGregor has promised to finish Dustin Poirier within one minute of their UFC 257 showdown.
The Irishman is stepping into the octagon for the first time in more than a year and is pledging to stop his lightweight opponent early on in Abu Dhabi.
McGregor made short work of Poirier in their first encounter back in 2014, earning a stoppage win inside the first two minutes.
Conor McGregor has vowed to knock Dustin Poirier out inside a minute of their fight
McGregor finished Poirier inside two minutes of their last encounter back in 2014
But he believes this time will be even faster, declaring: ‘I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.
‘I love Dustin, I think he’s a good fighter. He’s even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me.’
McGregor’s prediction’s earned him the nickname ‘Mystic Mac’ in his early days with the UFC given his ability to correctly call his own fights.
He beat Donald Cerrone last January in 40 seconds so if he fulfills his own expectations against Poirier it will be another short evening’s work on January 23.
The ‘Diamond’ has improved since his last meeting with McGregor, earning a title shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But he fell short on fight island despite nearly upsetting the odds with a deep guillotine attempt on the champion, from which he just about managed to escape.
Poirier is renowned for his toughness but McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy believes his man will simply have too much power for the Louisiana native’s leaky defence.
He told MacLife: ‘He has good hands, he’s tough, he’s durable and he sets a pace. I think it’s a combination of those things that’s allowed him to have that success. But he always gets rocked in every fight.
‘People don’t punch like Conor. His opponents don’t punch like Conor. All Conor needs is a split second.
The Irishman last fought in January of 2020 and finished Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds
‘A half an inch to see the shot, and once he bangs the shot, you’re going to be out.
‘You’re going to be on wobbly legs, and if you’re on wobbly legs, it will be the next one that finishes you.’
‘Poirier gets hit an awful lot, so I believe it’s just a matter of time.’
With Khabib still seemingly set on retirement, the winner of this fight seems likely to either be named as the next lightweight champion or challenger for the title.
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