With Ufc 257 only hours away, all eyes are fixed on the Conor McGregor - Dustin Poirier main event. While Conor is still sporting his usual hyper confident demeanour, he seems to be taking a more respectful approach than in previous events.
Moving away from typical mental warfare, bombarding his opponents with verbal attacks, he instead is focusing on his own abilities and skills, without needing to downplay that of his opponent. Even Michael Chandler, who is fighting Dan Hooker in the Co Main Event, verbalized his recognition of McGregor’s growth and maturity as a man, in the pre fight press conference.
Despite that, McGregor still gives himself an Everest like feat, by claiming he will K.O. Poirier within the first 60 seconds of the fight. Poirier, who hasn’t been finished by strikes since his 2016 bout with Michael Johnson, has grown considerably into his lightweight frame, tearing through the likes of Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Dan Hooker and Max Holloway. In addition to that, we have also seen Dustin seriously develop his offensive and defensive boxing skills since his first fight against McGregor, where he was stopped in just over a minute and half via TKO. Poirier, who often starts slow and picks up in the later rounds, will need to avoid the big opening shots of McGregor to allow himself an opportunity to find his footing and get a read on McGregor’s timing. Will we see the return of the Mystic Mac in 2021, or will Dustin steal the spotlight? With the current champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, reportedly willing to come out of retirement for a spectacular performance on Saturday, the pressure couldn’t be higher for either man.