Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will settle their rivalry in their upcoming rubber match in the UFC 264 main event on July 10th.
McGregor finished Poirier in the first round of their featherweight bout at UFC 178 in 2014, while ‘The Diamond’ seized his revenge by finishing McGregor in the second round of their rematch at UFC 257 this past January. There’s a lot on the line for both men going into their trilogy, including a potential title shot against reigning lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.
Before the two MMA legends enter the Octagon next weekend, here are Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor’s three best performances inside the UFC Octagon.
Dustin Poirier’s Best Performances
Conor McGregor – UFC 257
Forcing McGregor to the ground and beating him there is a great achievement, but beating him at his own game is quite special, and only one man has ever done it. In their rematch at UFC 257 in January, Poirier utilized calf kicks to perfection to compromise the Irishman’s movement before putting him away in the second round.
Poirier fought smartly early on, using takedowns and clinch to cancel out McGregor’s offense in the first five minutes of the fight. McGregor is historically at his absolute best early on, as he has most of his knockout wins in the first round, therefore Poirier made sure to avoid the early onslaught. Although he got caught with some good shots, ‘The Diamond’ kept his cool.
In the second round, Poirier found his rhythm and range and started to feel more comfortable with McGregor on the feet. So much so that he took less than two minutes in round two to earn the biggest win of his career.
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— UFC (@ufc) July 2, 2021
Eddie Alvarez – UFC on Fox 30
After their first fight ended in a no-contest, Poirier ran it back with Alvarez at UFC on Fox 30, where he TKO’d ‘The Underground King’ in the second round. Alvarez opened aggressively and attacked the inside of Poirier’s legs early on, but the Louisiana native responded with kicks of his own. Alvarez mixed it up and found early success, but as soon as Poirier found his rhythm, he was all over his opponent.
Poirier upped the ante in the second round, with a couple of guillotine attempts, before he rattled Alvarez with a left hand and finished the job with a flurry of strikes.
Dan Hooker – UFC Vegas 4
Not all performances are dominant and one-sided. Sometimes, fighters are forced to engage in blood and guts fights, where their grit is truly tested. Hooker vs Poirier was an absolute war, with each man fighting fire with fire. Poirier was on the receiving end of some brutal shots in the first two rounds of the fight.
The former interim champion used his experience to up the ante in the later rounds, putting a bad beating on Hooker in a back and forth contest, and almost finishing him late in the fifth round. Poirier won the fight via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, and 48-46).
Conor McGregor’s Best Performances
Eddie Alvarez – UFC 205
Conor McGregor’s performance against Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight title fight at UFC 205 was absolutely flawless. He didn’t put a foot wrong that night and had Alvarez on his heels throughout their bout, which lasted a little over eight minutes. Alvarez started off with some leg kicks, but every time he stepped in range with McGregor, he got clipped with the left hand.
Alvarez was dropped twice in the first round, and was almost finished but was able to survive to the second round, but he wasn’t able to make it past the second frame.
Nate Diaz – UFC 202
Having suffered the first defeat of his UFC career at the hands of Nate Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor went for an immediate rematch to avenge the loss. While he wasn’t able to finish Diaz, the fight still brought the best out of McGregor and showed his willingness to take on extremely tough challenges.
McGregor started off in an explosive fashion early on, as expected, and dropped Diaz multiple times, also bloodying him up. However, he refrained from going for the kill as the Stockton native invited him to execute some ground and pound. The Irishman started gassing out as the rounds progressed, and was pushed to the limit, but was able to take a majority decision victory home.
Jose Aldo – UFC 194
It only took one shot from Conor McGregor to put an end to Jose Aldo’s years-long featherweight title reign, but his anticipation, timing, movement, and presence of mind were impeccable on the night. Both Aldo and McGregor bounced back and forth for a few seconds after the start of their fight before the Brazilian exploded with a right and left combo, and as soon as he did it, he got clipped with a counter left hook. That’s all she wrote.
There’s also a video of him practicing the same move he knocked Aldo with inside the Octagon backstage before the fight, and that just goes on to show how well he studies his opponents. McGregor’s trash-talking also played a crucial role in his victory. Many believe Aldo had lost even before the fight started.
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— UFC (@ufc) July 3, 2021
Who do you think wins the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264?