CONOR MCGREGOR will likely be dealing with a “dramatically totally different” Dustin Poirier later this month.
The previous two-division champion will lock horns along with his previous featherweight rival on January 23 within the main event of UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Conor McGregor (R) will rematch Dustin Poirier (L) at UFC 257Credit score: Getty
Conor McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier in lower than two minutes at UFC 178Credit score: Getty
McGregor made mild work of Poirier of their first assembly six years in the past at UFC 178, knocking him out in just below two minutes.
Poirier has come on leaps and bounds since that loss, profitable ten of his final 13 fights and claiming the interim light-weight title.
And The Diamond’s head coach, American High Staff’s Mike Brown, reckons he is a special animal going into his Abu Dhabi showdown with The Infamous.
He instructed MMA Junkie: “I believe he’s dramatically totally different.
“Quite a bit has modified. I believe he’s much more sturdy at 155, killing your self to make the burden is rarely the reply and I believe that’s proven.
“And he’s improved in lots of locations, however there’s just one method to discover out and one method to present, and that’s placing him in there and seeing what occurs.”
Brown has additionally seen enhancements in McGregor however reckons the Irishman’s weaknesses have come to mild.
He added: “Once they fought the primary time there have been loads of questions on Conor.
“At that time in his profession, that was his greatest win, his greatest take a look at was Dustin. And he did properly – he fought a superb battle and landed a superb shot.
“However a lot has occurred since, we obtained to study a lot about Conor.
“Each guys have been examined in some ways and have proven loads of various things – energy and weaknesses since then.
“Now it’s time to coach, put together, and see what we are able to provide you with.”
Regardless of the devastating nature of his loss to Eire’s first UFC champ, Poirier insists revenge just isn’t on the forefront of his thoughts.
He instructed MMA Junkie: “It is a utterly totally different battle. We’re each utterly totally different fighters, and I’m probably not trying again at that first battle.
“I used to be emotional within the first one. I needed to harm the man. This time I simply need to outsmart him, simply need to beat him. That is enterprise. This isn’t any sick will in the direction of the man.
“After I was youthful, I used to battle with loads of emotion. This isn’t the identical factor for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge sort of factor for me.
“That is about transferring my profession ahead, about placing my household in a greater spot. It’s not attempting to get again a man who obtained me. That is simply enterprise.”