Ahead of UFC 264 next weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada — former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has predicted another stoppage victory over former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor — grabbing all bragging rights in the pair’s trilogy showdown.
Headlining the promotion’s return to a live gate in ‘Sin City’ — Poirier and McGregor top of a T-Mobile Arena event in Nevada, in a potential lightweight title-eliminator to recently-minted division kingpin, Charles Oliveira’s 155lbs throne.
Both Poirier and McGregor make their second Octagon outings of the year, following a headlining tilt at UFC 257 in January on ‘Fight Island’ — where Poirier leveled the score between the two with a second round knockout victory, becoming the first to finish the Dubliner via strikes in his professional career.
The matchup came as a re-run of their UFC 178 clash back in September 2014 where McGregor met with the Lafayette native in a main card featherweight bout, himself becoming the first to finish the Louisianan via strikes in the process.
Featuring a promo ahead of the event, Poirier predicted another stoppage victory over Straight Blast Gym staple, claiming that the Dubliner cannot “but heart“, while that’s something Poirier claims he’s already got himself.
“July 10, I’m going to stop Conor McGregor again,” Poirier said. “You can have all the money in the world but you can’t but heart and I got that.“
McGregor, who took the opening round against Poirier on all three judges scorecards at the beginning of the year, ate an abundance of low calf kicks from the latter as the fight progressed into the second frame.
With Poirier finding himself on the better side of exchanges the more the fight played out — having absorbed some real notable shots in the first round, the American Top Team staple landed an impactful check right hook on McGregor before circling away from the fence and unloading a lenghty combination at the fence, before dropping the former duel-weight titleholder with a picture-perfect right hook, forcing the stoppage.
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