The first two fights between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier showed the difference in style between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. McGregor has come out all-attack in both bouts, while Poirier shifted to a calf kick strategy that helped chop down the Irishman.
Let’s take a look at the previous two matchups between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier ahead of UFC 264’s main event on Saturday.
The first bout was in 2014, and after the usual McGregor trash talk and antics, they got in the cage at featherweight (Saturday’s fight will be at lightweight). But watching this won’t take long, as in under two minutes McGregor lands a left that stings Poirier, and then he follows up basically undefended with some hammer fists to get the stoppage from referee Herb Dean.
The second one was just as dramatic, though a bit less exciting. From Fight Island in Abu Dhabi this January, Poirier got a second round stoppage to even the score.
There were far less histrionics from McGregor in this one, and they actually touched gloves before the fight. But some calf kicks from Poirier weakened McGregor, and it eventually wore him down. A brutal short right at the end was enough to finish it halfway through the second round.
Right now before their fight on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as the main event of UFC 264, Dustin Poirier is a -139 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, making McGregor the +110 underdog.