After three fights and even insults towards his spouse, Dustin Poirier nonetheless gave Conor McGregor his props.
The Diamond is 2-1 towards McGregor after shedding their first encounter at featherweight in 2014 however successful a pair of contests at light-weight in 2021.
McGregor acquired in Poirier’s head the primary time round, however once they met for a second time in 2021 the Irishman was much more respectful.
Many MMA followers questioned if McGregor’s change in perspective contributed to his loss. For the third struggle, McGregor reverted again to his old skool thoughts video games as he directed insults at Poirier’s spouse and even stated he was going to kill his rival.
When requested by Patrick Wager-David about his record of opponents, Poirier praised the ‘particular’ McGregor.
“Conor McGregor, little doubt about it,” Poirier stated in reference to the toughest puncher he’s fought. “As the largest puncher I’ve fought? Yeah. He’s a particular particular person for positive.
“Fought him in 2014 – misplaced. That was when his trajectory was… sky’s the restrict. He was on his manner up, tore by means of all people and he grew to become a two-weight world champion.
“However, then I fought him twice in 2021. It was nonetheless the identical [his power], it’s very harmful, it’s simply I felt in another way mentally going into it.”
Though there was seven years for Poirier to enhance in between the primary and second fights, the 33-year-old believes it was a change in his psychological outlook that modified the consequence.
“For positive my expertise have gotten higher through the years, all of the work wasn’t completed in useless. However my psychological facet is what misplaced me that first struggle and received me the final two fights,” Poirier stated.
Having not fought since failing to seize the UFC light-weight title from Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, Poirier has been actively searching for his subsequent struggle in latest months.
The Diamond has been begging for a struggle with Nate Diaz – a struggle he says he has accepted twice – and is hoping Colby Covington will face him on July 30. Nothing has been agreed but.