This coming Saturday night, we have another huge UFC event coming, with UFC 264 having Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier going head-to-head. As well as this being the deciding fight, with each man having previously beaten the other, it’s also important in that the winner is almost certainly guaranteed a shot at the Lightweight title. There is a lot to play for here, but who will come out on top? Right now, Poirier is in as the favorite to win at odds of -130, but with a fight like this, where both men are dangerous, it’s a victory that cannot be taken for granted. Here are some reasons why you might want to put your money on Dustin Poirier to win. Let’s jump right into action so you can keep placing your bets against their UFC odds for the big fight.
Why Dustin Poirier Will Win Against Conor Mcgregor
Armed with Patience
Conor McGregor is one of the most divisive fighters in the world. He is supremely talented, which makes it easy to enjoy watching him fight. That said, he is aloud and brash, and prone to doing strange things outside of the octagon, all of which are measured attempts to get inside the head of an opponent before the opening round bell sounds. It is that tactic that makes a lot of fighters abandon their game plans and go after him, playing into McGregor’s strengths. Poirier is a patient fighter, and as much as he wants to beat the Irishman, he is going to stay the course and stick to the plan, which is how he won so handily in the last meeting.
Fight with a Defensive Mindset
If there is a knock on Poirier, it is that he has a tendency to get sucked into a brawl, just as he did when he faced Dan Hooker. If he goes that route, there is a chance that he will get nailed by a hit from McGregor, just as he did at the end of Round 1 in their last meeting. Yes, he survived that, but if you keep walking into punches from a fighter as good as the Irishman is, it is eventually not going to go as well as hoped. We are not suggesting that Poirier has to sit back and wait for McGregor to come to him, but he does need to use his patience and pick the right times to go on the offensive. The last thing he needs is to get caught with his hands down, as that could turn the fight dramatically..
When you consider that neither of the first two meetings between these fighters has gone beyond the second round, it might seem a little odd to talk about conditioning. There are, though, some who feel that this fight might go a little longer than the previous two. If that is the case, then the definite edge goes to Poirier. He went the distance in recent fights against Holloway and Hooker and looked to get stronger as those fights went on. In the times when McGregor has gone all the way, or at least close to it, he has looked weaker in the late rounds. If this does go the distance, then you would think that Poitier would get the decision.