UFC 257: Conor McGregor vows ‘masterpiece’ in MMA return towards Dustin Poirier

By | January 22, 2021

UFC 257: Conor McGregor vows ‘masterpiece’ in MMA return towards Dustin Poirier

McGregor (22-4) was final seen demolishing American welterweight Donald Cerrone (36-15) by way of a knockout in simply 40 seconds at UFC 246 in Las Vegas final January

UFC 257: Conor McGregor vows 'masterpiece' in MMA return against Dustin Poirier

Whereas most high UFC athletes step within the ring twice and even thrice a 12 months, McGregor has fought twice since November 2016. Picture courtesy: AFP

Abu Dhabi: Conor McGregor promised a “masterpiece” when the most important draw card in combined martial arts returns to the fray Saturday towards US light-weight Dustin Poirier within the headline occasion on the UFC 257 card in Abu Dhabi.

“That is the most effective I’ve even been, for certain,” stated McGregor Thursday, on the pre-fight press convention streamed dwell from the Etihad Area. “I’ll present the world what’s what.”

After spending 12 months out of motion – however by no means removed from the highlight — the previous double division champion McGregor was again holding court docket contained in the “Combat Island” bio-secure “hub”, established final July to assist defend MMA athletes from the coronavirus pandemic.

Whereas previously there had been trash speak and fireworks at McGregor press occasions, this time round what appeared was a extra measured man because the 32-year-old Irishman paid tribute to his opponent, predicted a first-round end, and revealed he hoped to at some point be remembered alongside the greats of fight sports activities.

“All the cash, all of the belts, all every thing, that comes and that goes,” stated McGregor. “You recognize what lives on? Highlights. You have a look at Roy Jones Jnr’s highlights, you have a look at Mike Tyson’s highlights, you have a look at Muhammad Ali’s highlights. I would like my spotlight reel to be like a film.”

McGregor (22-4) was final seen demolishing American welterweight Donald Cerrone (36-15) by way of a knockout in simply 40 seconds at UFC 246 in Las Vegas final 18 January, a feat that made him solely the second-ever UFC fighter to attain knockouts throughout three weight divisions (featherweight, light-weight and welterweight).

Whereas solely his second combat in 4 years, it was the kind of explosive, all-action efficiency that has lifted McGregor to the highest of the combat sport.

The Dublin-born fighter, who as soon as obtained welfare funds, holds a slew of different information and achievements in MMA that attest to his continued significance to each the game and to the UFC.

The 13 seconds wanted to raise the featherweight crown from Brazilian Joe Aldo (29-7) in 2013 stays the quickest title win in UFC historical past, whereas McGregor went on to raise the light-weight crown from American Eddie Alvarez (30-7) in 2016, earlier than relinquishing it as a result of lack of exercise contained in the cage.

McGregor has been concerned within the UFC’s high three pay-per-view occasions, along with his loss to Russian light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomed (29-0) at UFC 229 in 2018 garnering a report 2.4 million buys.

Crossover attraction

McGregor’s usually brash and outspoken fashion has helped him collect round 39 million social media followers and his crossover attraction – from a sport solely in its third decade of existence – has helped him amass a fortune estimated at round $120 million by Forbes journal.

There have additionally been a lot of scandals which have additionally saved McGregor the headlines, together with convictions for and accusations of assault.

However McGregor’s skilled successes proceed to hinge on what goes on contained in the UFC’s caged “Octagon” and he returns to combat his method again to the title he relinquished in 2018, after taking a 12 months away from the game for the start of his first youngster and for the Mayweather combat.

“I’ve so many weapons in my arsenal,” stated McGregor. “They’re all fine-tuned. I’m in an exceptional place and I sit up for getting out and showcasing it, portray my image and placing on a gorgeous efficiency for all of the followers around the globe.”

The 32-year-old Poirier (26-6) has fought McGregor as soon as earlier than, shedding by way of first-round knockout in 2014 at featherweight. However Poirier has been on a 5-1 tear since 2017, solely shedding in a title combat to Nurmagomedov in 2019, by way of submission.

With the 32-year-old Nurmagomed now retired, the conflict between the fourth-ranked McGregor and the second-ranked Poirier ought to put the winner entrance and centre when the UFC decides methods to fill the emptiness left by the Russian.

The expectation is that the pair will maintain the motion principally standing, and principally toe-to-toe.

“I’m in some form right here on the minute,” stated McGregor. “I’m coming to placed on a masterpiece.”

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