UFC 257
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Keys To Success For Dustin Poirier

This epic trilogy is all tied up at one apiece heading into Saturday night, and fans all over the world are excitedly waiting for the fight. I recently covered what Conor McGregor needs to do to be victorious at UFC 264, but here I will give you three things Dustin Poirier MUST do to win back to back against the double champ and cement himself as one of the best Lightweight fighters in history. 

#1: Abuse The Legs 

It is a tried and true method to defeating The Notorious One. He has had a very hard time in the past against fighters who have made it their mission to chop down the legs of McGregor. If you can get at his lead leg, you take away one of his best weapons: his movement. Obviously, McGregor did a better job at checking kicks in the Nate Diaz match but plenty still struck home. You have to assume the same game plan will be put in action on July 10, and I believe this is one of the best ways to figuring out the puzzle that is McGregor. 

#2: Work In Some Takedowns

Listen, I am not saying that everyone should try to be like Khabib Nurmagomedov with their wrestling, but McGregor has always had issues defending the takedown at a high rate. In the first fight, Poirier attempted only one takedown but landed it. If he can get this fight to the ground a few times and grind out some top control, it can tire out McGregor and help swing the points his way if the fight goes to a decision. Poirier only has a 36% takedown success, but that should not prevent him from throwing some out there. 

#3: Do Not Make This A War

I understand Poirier is ready and able to trade with anyone on the planet – he went to war with Max Holloway and got the better of him – but McGregor’s left hand can put people on the mat in no time. If Poirier can be precise with his striking and land blows before dancing out of reach, he can avoid the counter-striking of McGregor and stay out of reach of that left hand. Poirier possesses great patience, and he needs to demonstrate it again.

One of the best trilogies will come to an end on July 10. There is so much hype surrounding this fight, and I know for a fact I will be tuned in. What is going to give? Who is going to land the shot that finishes the fight? If Poirier follows these three ideas, he will come out successfully against McGregor for the second time.

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