The 1 reason Conor McGregor will defeat Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

This is how Conor McGregor will defeat Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

The big-fight feel is in the air. July 10 has been a date etched into our subconscious for almost six months now, and we’re almost there. UFC 264 is less than a week away, and the MMA community is ripe with bold predictions for the main event of the card, Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3.

The rubber match was inevitable after Poirier finished McGregor within two rounds in January. Emerging from the victory relatively unscathed, Poirier’s upset took the sporting world by surprise. However, as we approach the highly-anticipated (re)rematch, fans are more divided than ever as to who will have their hand raised.

The one reason Conor McGregor will win is through his ability to adapt

Let’s rewind to March 2016. McGregor is on top of the world, fresh-off a record breaking finish against Jose Aldo to claim the featherweight strap. His fist is finding Nate Diaz‘ face time and time again. He’ll go down anytime now, we thought. Any second now. But Diaz had different plans. In a night that seems like a fever dream in retrospect, Diaz survived the onslaught and caught the star-boy in a rear naked choke, flipping the MMA world on it’s head.

McGregor and his team drew up the perfect game plan for the rematch. He showed his adaptability, and executed a strategy that was much more calculated, much more controlled and patient, snatching a hard fought victory at the end of the night.

This will be reciprocated at UFC 264. McGregor and his coaches at SBG will have analysed the previous encounter in tremendous detail. Adaptability, perhaps his most underrated trait, will be on full display. He will have answers for the calf kicks, defence against the takedowns, and once those threats have been neutralised, Poirier’s chin will be ripe for the taking.

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