One of the biggest fights of the year comes on Saturday night when Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor meet in a rubber match at the UFC 264 lightweight main event. The pair lead the card game. loaded fighters for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Big fights get a lot of attention and almost everyone has an opinion on how Poirier and McGregor’s third meeting will go.
For some, like former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the fight is a choice, with Nurmagomedov telling UFC Russia, “Again, same thing here – the first round is for Conor, he can take it. If it doesn’t [win in the first round], then Dustin wins. “
But for others, there is a clear choice for which the man raises his hand at the end of the night. Let’s take a look at who a slew of top fighters – and a few from outside the MMA world – choose to win Dustin Poirier over Conor McGregor 3.
Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury:
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre: “I think McGregor is very good on the other hand and I think he’s going to take the win.” St-Pierre said. “I think he’s probably going to win in the second round by knockout.” [TriStar Gym YouTube]
UFC heavyweight Ciryl Gane: “My choice will be Conor McGregor. Maybe he’ll finish the fight before it’s over.” [James Lynch]
UFC Veteran and Analyst Dan Hardy: “I think it’s a very competitive third fight. I’m very interested to see it. I think I’m leaning slightly towards McGregor, but that’s in no way to devalue Poirier and his chances. It’s a great one. fighter. There is no doubt. ” [Real Quick with Mike Swick]
UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley: “Who do I have, that’s the question? I have Conor, man, I wanna see Conor win because I wanna see another huge fight. I love big crazy events… Conor vs. Dustin 3 is a huge event . ” [O’Malley’s YouTube page]
UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson: “He’s got to take out the same old Conor McGregor that we’re used to seeing, with the same movement; not boxing, stay in front of you, try to hit him like Conor McGregor. He has to bring that karate style back if he does. gonna go over there and finish it. He’s a smart guy. And, you know, he’s hungry; hates losing. So, man, it’s hard. You know what, $ 500, I’m going for Conor. ” [James Lynch]
Sylvester Stallone Movie Star: “I mean, you have two guys who are a little hesitant psychologically, but Poirier has a big advantage.” [TMZ Sports]
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman:
UFC welterweight Colby Covington: “Yeah, he’ll probably beat Conor again. But, I mean, what does that mean? You beat a guy who has no motivation in sports anymore. And I love Conor. great career, done great things in sport, but your time is up too. It’s obvious you don’t train every day, it’s obvious you aren’t working on your craft, it’s obvious you are working on other trade deals to line your pockets and fill your bank account. He’s just not the same hungry Conor from a few years ago. He’s a different Conor towards the end of his journey and that doesn’t mean much to beat him anymore. ” [MMA Fighting]
Former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi: “I think [McGregor] probably going to get her ass kicked again, to be honest. But that’s okay because they’ll tell you he was no longer concentrated, they’ll tell you it’s because he just sold his whiskey for $ 600 million. ” [Malignaggi told Helen Yee]
UFC lightweight Dan Hooker: “I just don’t think that’s enough time to make the adjustment. Like after being knocked out he should have had quite a bit of free time… I just don’t feel like he has any. had so much time in the gym to make the necessary adjustments.… So just because of the time constraints, I don’t see this fight going any differently. ” [Sportskeeda]
American Kickboxing Academy Head Coach Javier Mendez: “I’m going to go with Dustin because I love Dustin and I’m not a Conor fan. I could never be a Conor fan. I’m never a fan of him, never. I never want him. wins so that’s what it is. He doesn’t want my guys to win, I don’t want him to win. Hard, that’s what it is. I’m going with Dustin. A lot because I thinks he can do it. But also because I don’t like the other guy. ” [Real Quick with Mike Swick]