CONOR MCGREGOR has vowed to better his demolition of Dustin Poirier with an emphatic victory ‘inside 60 seconds.’
Conor McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier in just under two minutes at UFC 178Credit: Getty
Conor McGregor’s rematch with Dustin Poirier will headline UFC 257 in Abu DhabiCredit: UFC
McGregor made light work of Poirier in their first meeting six years ago at UFC 178, knocking him out cold inside two minutes to announce himself as a serious featherweight contender.
The Irishman is eyeing an even faster finish second time around, saying: “I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.”
Poirier, 32, has come on leaps and bounds since coming up short against the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion.
The American has won ten of his last 13 fights and claimed the interim lightweight title, although he failed to unify the title against undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor has seen improvements in The Diamond but reckons he’s still nowhere near his level.
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He said: “I love Dustin, I think he’s a good fighter. He’s even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me.”
Team McGregor also see their second meeting with Poirier going the same way as their first encounter in Las Vegas.
In an interview with The MacLife, striking coach Owen Roddy said of the Louisianan: “He’s technically good.
“He’s good hands, he’s tough, he’s durable and he sets a pace. I think it’s a combination of those things that’s allowed him to have that success. But he always gets rocked in every fight.
“People don’t punch like Conor. His opponents don’t punch like Conor. All Conor needs is a split second.
“A half an inch to see the shot, and once he bangs the shot, you’re going to be out.
“You’re going to be on wobbly legs, and if you’re on wobbly legs, it will be the next one that finishes you.”
He added: “Poirier gets hit an awful lot, so I believe it’s just a matter of time.
“When Conor hits him, how long can he last after that. Whether he goes to sleep straight or he toughs it out a little bit, but Conor has 25 minutes in there to land on the chin. For me, there’s serious odds.”
McGregor’s second showdown with Poirier will be his first outing since his 40-second annihilation of Donald Cerrone last January.
Poirier’s last appearance, meanwhile, saw him edge Dan Hooker in a five-round war last July.
Poirier vs McGregor II will close out the UFC’s third run on Fight Island, which kicks off this Saturday with UFC on ABC 1 – a card headlined by former featherweight champion Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar.