His lavish image and incessant needling of his opponents during pre-fight media tours makes him must-watch TV.
Whether you love him or hate him, Conor McGregor will always grab your attention.
This is a man who rolled into fight island in a goddamn yacht.
He’s built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most fearsome strikers to have ever graced the octagon. Since his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, McGregor has run roughshod over the featherweight and lightweight divisions, beating a laundry list of the sport’s legendary fighters.
He’s the man who famously defeated Jose Aldo at the opening bell, landed one of the most iconic knockout combos on Eddie Alvarez, and used his shoulder to send Donald Cerrone into oblivion.
The only two men to beat McGregor in the UFC are legends in their own right. Nate Diaz is a relentless warrior who took the Irishman’s best shots and tired him, causing McGregor to panic and attempt a takedown against a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
His other conqueror happens to be the greatest lightweight in UFC history. Khabib Nurmagomedov exposed McGregor’s weakness with grappling, but it’s not like ‘Mystic Mac’ was the only person he did it to. The recently (semi?) retired champ has never lost an MMA match and has a rare perfect 29-0 record.
Now, McGregor is set to face a man he’s beaten before in Dustin Poirier, who he knocked out on September 27, 2014.
So the question is, does Poirier even stand a chance?
He’s a pretty big underdog, with McGregor coming in as a -417 favorite heading into the main event.
However, Poirier isn’t the same fighter that lost in 2014. He was even the interim lightweight champ in 2019 before he got mauled by Nurmagomedov in their title unification bout.
‘The Diamond’, an excellent fighter in his own right, will have to show supreme patience and pick his spots if he’s going to stand a chance to win the bout. While Poirier might be a good striker, he isn’t on the same level as his Irish opponent.
McGregor is fantastic when countering blows, and also a master at baiting opponents into throwing ill-timed strikes. His accuracy is scary, and as he showed in his previous fight with Cerrone, he is extremely creative when it comes to finding ways to hurt you.
While anything can happen in MMA, it’s going to be hard to go against the favorite in this stylistic matchup. I predict that Conor will win by KO/TKO in the second round.