Last time UFC fighter Connor McGregor went toe-to-toe against Dustin Poirier out of Louisiana, McGregor came out-on-top with a TKO despite throwing 9 punches to Poirier’s 10. This was seven-years-ago back on Sep. 27, 2014 at UFC 178. Now in 2021, these two will meet again at UFC 257. Could this be McGregor’s last fight either way? Will Poirier earn his revenge after being TKO’d? We will find out. But first, let’s get to know the two participants for the main event on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, @ 10:00 pm.
McGregor is an aggressive Southpaw who will be fighting as a Welterweight. He is 5’9″ tall, and weights at an even 170lbs. He fights lefthanded which is more of an unorthodox fighting style. He is a very aggressive striker who fights more as a traditional boxer by punching through the upper body. He has been known to be very controversial, but in the ring the Irish Brute gets it done.
Poirier is a featherweight who is more of a fast puncher and more quick on his feet. He stands at 5′ 9″ tall, and weights 155lbs. Normally in his fights, he tries to strike quick and land as many punches as he can to get ahead of his opponents. The problem with Poirier is that his style will eventually tire him out as McGregor is solid enough to strike quick and knock you out in just one punch. In the last fight, Poirier was ahead 10-9 in punches, but the one hard strike by McGregor resulted in Poirier losing by TKO.
On Sep. 27, 2014, McGregor first fought Poirier in the main event of UFC 178. They went toe-to-toe before a crowd of 10,544 people at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Poirier started out fast, striking a few blows against McGregor, and was leading with 10 punches to McGregor’s 9. McGregor won by strikes and as a result, McGregor was victorious by a TKO. Poirier said that this fight was the turning point of the match where he would lose. It would also be the turning point of his career, as he transferred up to the Lightweight division the next year.
McGregor was born on July 14,1988 in Crumlin Dublin, Ireland. He was raised in Crumlin and attended a Gaelscoil and a Gaelcholaiste where he first developed a passion for playing soccer. He then started training for UFC and he made his debut on Feb. 17, 2007 at age 18. He won by TKO in the first-round against Kieran Campbell. He then turned pro after the fight and won his first professional fight as a lightweight against Garry Morris with a second-round TKO in 2008.
Poirier was born on Jan. 19, 1989 in Lafayette Louisiana. He has been competing professionally since 2009, and also competed in the WEC. He is the second-best fighter in the UFC lightweight rankings and the seventh-best in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.
After turning pro in 2009, Poirier started out 7-0 competing in regional promotions across Louisiana and the Southern United States.
Popular YouTube star, Jake Paul turned boxer has been in the public eye, but as a boxer, he might want to be careful with what he is saying. Paul has called out McGregor saying that he would offer $50 million if McGregor were agree to fight him. Paul did not get a great response as on Jan 20, 2021, McGregor responded by ghosting him, and calling Paul a “confused little kid.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 19, 2021
While Paul just previously defeated Nate Robinson by knocking him out in the second-round, Paul is only a YouTube Star and has only fought two professional fights in his career. Calling out one of the best MMA fighters is a bad move, and it makes you more of a pompous dude than you really are. Plus, McGregor is the best, with a track record and known for knocking out peoples’ boxing style.
So McGregor, are you going to take him on, or be a coward by ghosting him?