UFC 257: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor Picks and Predictions
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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Saturday, January 23rd at 10:00 PM ET
The Line: -- Conor McGregor -310 / Dustin Poirier +250 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off on Saturday in a lightweight battle for the main event of UFC 257 at Yas Island.
This is a rematch of a fight all the way back in September of 2014, a fight that McGregor was able to win early in the first round by knockout.
Conor McGregor is one of the most polarizing athletes in all of sports and if Khabib isn’t coming back, that would really open up the path for another title run. McGregor’s last fight was over a year ago against Donald Cerrone, and he used his shoulder to land some damage early, and 40 seconds in he was able to win the fight by knockout. Inside the UFC, McGregor has only lost two fights, one to Khabib and the other to Nate Diaz. McGregor is averaging 5.43 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.40 significant strikes per minute. McGregor usually likes to keep the fight on the eet but he is averaging 0.75 successful takedowns every 15minutes. And he completes about 62 percent of the attempts. McGregor also stops 70 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. In this game, In this fight look for McGregor to try and push the pace.
On the other side of this fight is Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier who comes into fight with a 26-6 record overall and he has won five of his last six fights. The only loss during that stretch for Poirier came against Khabib Nurmagomedov two fights ago. Poirier’s last fight came against Dan Hooker and even though he was taken down four times in that fight, he had four submission attempts and that was enough to come away with a unanimous decision victory. Poirier is averaging 5.57 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.18 significant strikes per minute. Poirier likes to get the fight to the ground a little more often averaging 1.46 successful takedowns every 15 minutes but he is only successful on 35 percent of his takedown attempts. Poirier stops 60 percent of his takedown attempts. Poirier is also averaging 1.3 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
McGregor won the first fight in quick fashion in the first fight and there is no reason to think it’s going to be any different in this one. Look for McGregor to land one of his powerful punches early and for McGregor to finish it in round 1.