In one of the most anticipated fights of 2021 so far, United States’ Dustin Poirier and Ireland’s Conor McGregor met for what was supposed to be the final fight in the historic trilogy between the two. After McGregor fractured his ankle late in the first round of the third match, the fight was stopped due to the doctor stating that McGregor could not continue. Dana White has already hinted that Poirier Vs. McGregor 4 would happen in the future due to the nature that McGregor lost the bout.
Poirier Vs McGregor: The History
At the time of this fight, McGregor was 3-0 in the UFC and 12-2 total in MMA. McGregor’s popularity was just starting to skyrocket at the time of the first fight. Going into this fight Poirier was 8-2 in the UFC and 16-3 overall in MMA. Whoever won this fight would be one of the top contenders for the title. This fight took place at UFC 178: Cairaso Vs. Johnson.
McGregor beat Poirier by TKO in the first round of their first fight all the way back in 2014. This was the only of the three fights that would occur under the featherweight division. The bout went 1 minute and 46 seconds before McGregor caught Poirier with a left that sent him to the floor. McGregor then followed that up with a flurry of basically undefended hammer fists before referee Herb Dean put an end to fight.
The second fight wouldn’t take place until after the world shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic at UFC 257: Poirier Vs. McGregor 2, live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. By this time, the trajectory of both men’s careers had changed. McGregor was on the comedown of his prime losing two of his last five fights. Those losses came to Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lightweight divsion. Dustin Poirier had ran through almost every opponent that the UFC sent to him as he went 4-1 in his previous five fights.
At UFC 257, Poirier beat McGregor by TKO 2 minutes and 33 seconds into the second round. Although the fight was just as dramatic, the two men showed a lot of respect for each other before, during, and after the fight. Poirier threw quite a few calf kicks at McGregor and finally was able to nail him with a short right to send McGregor packing. The score between the two sat at 1-1 leading to the third match being an absolute must. Little did both men know how quick they would see each other again after a seven year gap between the first two fights.
Where They Go From Here
McGregor will be out of action until at least early 2022. He had to get surgery to repair his fractured ankle and has stated on social media he will be on crutches for 6-8 weeks. No matter what, we won’t see anything from him or his camp until September at the earliest. I doubt that he will pick up a fight in the meantime. He seems determined to make Poirier his next fight no matter what.
Poirier is the number one seed in the Lightweight Division as of right now with a 28-6 record. There is only one thing that makes sense for him. His next fight has to be against Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira. It doesn’t really matter what happens in this fight, McGregor will be on the horizon on the other side.
Poirier Vs McGregor: Why It Will Happen
Money. McGregor is coming to the end of his contract, he only has a couple of fights left before he becomes a free agent and I’m going to doubt he sticks around in the UFC. While the rematch makes sense due to the nature in which the third in the trilogy ended, McGregor being 3-3 in his last 6 fights doesn’t exactly mean he deserves a title shot. Poirier Vs. McGregor 4 with the Lightweight Championship on the line could absolutely break box office records for the UFC. Dana White will milk Conor McGregor for all that he can while he still can.
Why It Shouldn’t Happen
Poirier is by far the more dominant fight of the two at this stage of the game. McGregor lost his footing in this bout and Poirier never backed down. Once McGregor hit the mat he couldn’t get back on his feet. McGregor’s act has gotten old and stale. He can’t back it up in the octagon anymore. Anyone who is an above average fighter can beat him. No one wants to see Dustin Poirier beat the shit out of Conor McGregor… Unless you’re into that kind of thing of course.
If somehow McGregor wins meeting 4, don’t be surprised when we see Poirier Vs McGregor 5!
Fight Times and Records taken from UFC.Com
Picture Source: CNN International
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