Fellow UFC “champ champ” Daniel Cormier believes the proposed rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at light-weight “can be a a lot better combat right this moment” than the primary combat was practically six years in the past. McGregor received the unique combat through first-round knockout, however Cormier revealed to Ariel Helwani within the newest episode of ESPN’s “DC & Helwani” that he believes Poirier is a a lot better fighter proper now than he was again then.
“I’d like to look at him combat Conor…,” Cormier mentioned. “I feel it’s a a lot better combat right this moment…partly as a result of the truth that he’s not depleting himself a lot to get to 145.”
Basically what Cormier mentioned was that the model of Poirier competing at 155 kilos is a a lot totally different fighter than the one who fought at 145.
“I simply assume it’s a special combat right this moment, proper? Dustin’s large, he’s robust,” Cormier mentioned. “While you’re reducing that large quantity of weight, typically your chin doesn’t maintain up and I feel that was a kind of instances the place Conor landed a good looking shot however Dustin at that time was…carrying his time at 145 out,” Cormier mentioned.
Cormier additionally identified that Poirier moved as much as light-weight instantly after the loss to McGregor and that he by no means returned to the 145-pound division as a result of his physique simply isn’t minimize out for it.
Cormier Wouldn’t Say For Positive Who Wins Rematch
Nonetheless, Cormier stopped in need of calling for the upset ought to the 2 fighters meet once more sometime quickly.
“I’m not saying he beats Conor,” Cormier mentioned. “I don’t know.”
As a substitute, Cormier listed out a number of the causes the rematch has immediately develop into so intriguing.
“I’m telling you that I don’t know the way the combat performs out right this moment as a result of I feel [Poirier] is extra refreshed, proper?”
Cormier sees it as an evenly-matched combat.
“I feel it’s an fascinating combat,” Cormier mentioned. “I feel it’s a a lot better combat right this moment than it was again then….he’s not depleting himself a lot to get to 145.”
You possibly can watch Cormier talk about the proposed rematch with Helwani under.
Daniel Cormier believes @DustinPoirier vs. @TheNotoriousMMA can be “a a lot better combat right this moment” than it was once they first met at featherweight.
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— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 29, 2020
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Poirier Simply Gained Struggle of the Yr Candidate
Poirier’s beautiful win over Dan Hooker on Saturday in Las Vegas was instantly tabbed as a Struggle of the Yr candidate. It additionally led to McGregor’s identify trending on Twitter.
Why? As a result of after Poirier’s wonderful efficiency towards Hooker individuals began to marvel if perhaps “The Diamond” was the proper opponent for McGregor.
Oh positive, McGregor retired final month in an obvious huff after not getting his manner, however no person who follows the game carefully is taking his retirement all that severely.
Why ought to they? McGregor, 31, has retired 3 times now within the final 4 years.
Extra About Potential McGregor vs. Poirier Rematch
The primary McGregor vs. Poirier combat occurred so way back that McGregor, the best-selling UFC fighter in historical past, wasn’t even in the principle occasion that evening.
That honor was bestowed upon flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for his title protection towards Chris Cariaso which was the second alternative after the proposed rematch between gentle heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson needed to be shelved because of the challenger struggling a shoulder damage.
McGregor went on to win championships at each featherweight and light-weight and has by no means appeared on an undercard once more.
In the meantime, Poirier captured interim gold at light-weight and has constructed fairly the resume over current years.
Now the 2 fighters may very well be headed towards a massively essential rematch.
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