Conor McGregor makes brutal prediction for Dustin Poirier fight at UFC 257
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Conor McGregor has promised to knock Dustin Poirier out within one minute in their rematch at UFC 257 on 24 January.

The Notorious returns to the Octagon for the first time in just over a year when he takes on Poirier for the second time, having despatched the Diamond in under two minutes in their first meeting back in 2014.

Much has changed since that first clash at featherweight, with the rematch taking place at lightweight, a division in which both men have held UFC gold since their initial meeting.

Both men have been submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov since they fought and they are both hoping to take the lightweight title still held by the Eagle, despite him announcing his retirement in October.

McGregor is expecting to put himself at the front of the queue to claim the belt with an emphatic victory, promising to stop Poirier even more quickly than he did in their first bout.

‘I like Dustin. I think he’s a good fighter,’ McGregor said in a UFC promotional video. ‘He’s even a great fighter. But great is still levels below me.

‘I’ll knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.’

The first meeting between the Irishman and the American was one-sided, with McGregor putting Poirier down and stopping him just 1 minute 43 seconds into the contest.

The Diamond has been stopped once more since then, but has only lost one of his last eight fights, with his submission defeat to Khabib in September 2019.

McGregor’s four career defeats have all come via submission, with his two UFC losses at the hands of Khabib and Nate Diaz.

The fate of the lightweight title is still unknown, with UFC president Dana White confirming that the winner of this bout will likely get a shot at the belt, but we don’t know who against yet.

‘Yeah, whoever wins that fight is probably next in line,’ said White of McGregor vs Poirier II.

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