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3 Ways Conor McGregor Can Defeat Dustin Poirier

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We are just a few days away from the greatest trilogy fight ever, between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. McGregor took the American MMA star out in their first fight at UFC 178 and Dustin settled the score at UFC 257 by knocking McGregor out in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds of Round 2. With two losses in his past three fights, Conor McGregor knows his status as the biggest MMA star in the world is at risk at UFC 264. So, here are three ways in which Conor McGregor can beat Dustin Poirier and save his UFC legacy.

1. Staying close to his opponent

 

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The Diamond is always ready to land those big punches of his and to avoid that, McGregor needs to close the gap between himself and his opponent. Another reason why sticking close to his opponent is important is because Poirier is a man with a plan. Take UFC 257 for example, where he stuck to his plan of landing leg kicks, and McGregor could do absolutely nothing about it. If McGregor manages to close that gap, it would make it difficult for Dustin to stick to his plan which would lead him to improvise and maybe make an error that Conor could capitalize on. Even Dustin Poirier believes that it’s important for McGregor to throw him off early to have a chance, “If I was him, I would try to touch me early and keep me out of rhythm”, he said in a recent interview.

2. Karate-based stance

 

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In their rematch at UFC 257, McGregor was doing well against Poirier before his legs got damaged by a total of 18 of 21 calf kicks landed by Poirier. McGregor could do nothing but take blows to his calves as he was using a more traditional boxing stance throughout the fight in which he could not check those calf kicks on time. An option for McGregor is to go back to his natural karate-based stance where he is not flat-footed which would make it difficult for Poirier to land decisive and damaging kicks on those calves.

3. Saving Stamina

 

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Saving his stamina till the end of the fight is something that is of utmost importance for McGregor to win this fight. In their last fight, McGregor used up a lot of energy in trying to land a punch that landed perfectly but still could not knock Poirier down. In doing so, the Irishman lost a lot of stamina which caused his performance to drop in the latter half of the fight and made it easy for Dustin to knock him out. We saw the same thing happen to him in his previous fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz too, with both the fighters finishing the encounter with a submission on the tired Irishman.

 

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