Conor McGregor sends major 60-second knockout warning to Dustin Poirier ahead of UFC 257
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Conor McGregor has vowed to knock Dustin Poirier unconscious within the first 60 seconds of their meeting at UFC 257. McGregor and Poirier will meet in the cage for a second time on January 23rd having previously fought in 2014.
McGregor has landed in Abu Dhabi ahead of his rematch against Poirier.
The ‘Notorious’ is the heavy favourite going into the bout, despite having been out of the octagon for nearly a year.
His last fight came against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone this time last year, with McGregor winning within just 45 seconds.
McGregor outclassed the American, and punished him with a series of shoulder blows and head kicks to breeze through his first fight since October 2018.
Just months after defeating Cerrone, however, McGregor announced he had retired from mixed martial arts and wouldn’t be fighting again.
But his retirement – which was the third of his career – didn’t last long.
He announced late last year that he would return to the cage to rematch Poirier, who he defeated in the first round of their bout in 2014.
On that occasion, both McGregor and Poirier were climbing up the featherweight rankings, with the Irishman winning via knockout.
McGregor went on to win the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles, while Poirier would later become the interim UFC lightweight champion.
But ahead of their second meeting, McGregor has vowed to make easier work of Poirier than he did of Cerrone.
Speaking to the UFC 257 Countdown show, he said: “He’s a good fighter, even a great fighter, but great is still levels below me. I’ll knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.”
Poirier has made his own prediction ahead of the rematch, and expressed he wants to prove himself after failing to get going in his first meeting with the former two-weight champion.
He said: “I didn’t even get to fight you know, the [first] fight didn’t even get to blossom you know.
“But that’s fighting anything can happen under those lights. I want if you tell him a game plan and what I want is for us to both be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight. He then we can find out who’s a real fighter. You know, that’s what I want.
“I want to be bleeding. With a minute off the first round clock. I want to us both to be bleeding and really have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter, see who really wants to be in there.
“You know, because I don’t have a safety net. This is I want to be in there. Yeah, and I know that I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does.”
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