The history of confrontation between Conor McGregor and Dustin Porier lasts more than 6.5 years – for the first time the fighters met in one octagon in late September 2014 at the UFC 178 tournament in Las Vegas, and then it was an ordinary fight of two rising stars.
The Irishman spectacularly finished the American in some 106 seconds and continued his rapid path to the championship belt and the status of the most popular fighter in the history of mixed martial arts. In January of this year the rematch was announced, and the audience was expecting a completely different fight, not only in terms of skills, but in terms of achievements of the two rivals, who have turned into true superstars of the organization.
What to expect from Conor McGregor and Dustin Porier
McGregor managed to rewrite the history of the UFC, to be a champion in two weight classes and become a living legend of the sport. Porier made it to the interim lightweight championship belt and at the same time established himself as one of the toughest and most unyielding fighters of our time.
Conor McGregor’s accomplishments:
- 2012 – CWFC featherweight and lightweight champion;
- 2013 – winner of the “Best Knockout of the Night” award;
- 2014 – winner of the World MMA Awards title;
- 2015 – interim UFC featherweight champion;
- 2016 – UFC Lightweight Champion;
- Six-time “Performance of the Night” award winner.
All the fight week before the UFC 257 tournament in Abu Dhabi the fighters were extremely respectful to each other, avoiding verbal altercations and any conflicts. Perhaps this strategy did not go down well with the Irishman, who eschewed the usual mental wars and pressure on his opponent.
As a result, a brutal early victory from Dustin Porter. “Diamond” was able to endure the initial onslaught and some very good hits from Conor to turn the tide of the fight and take a convincing rematch in the toughest way possible.
Pre-fight breakdown of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Porter
The UFC rarely gives fighters rematches, let alone trilogies. But the story of Conor McGregor and Dustin Porier’s clash deserves to continue for at least one more high-profile fight.
In 2014, the Irishman knocked out the young Porter with a signature thrashing and knockout in 106 seconds at UFC 178. Six-plus years later, Dustin had a chance to get even for the loss, which he gladly took, finishing McGregor at UFC 257 in a round and a half.
Before the second fight, most experts were confident that Conor would be able to repeat the result of the first encounter, despite the obvious facts speaking in Porier’s favor. Diamond has not lost at a high level since 2016 (the loss to Khabib was at a prohibitive level, so we don’t consider it) and in that time has beaten Anthony Pettis, Justin Gagey, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker.
With regular appearances and long fights against the best fighters in the world, Porier never stopped growing and became a stylistically uncomfortable opponent for guys like McGregor. What has Porier added in recent years and why did he beat McGregor in the rematch? Let’s get to the bottom of it.
- In a protracted fight with Justin Gagey, Dustin felt the effectiveness of half-kicks (low-kicks below the knee), focusing on them in the rematch with Conor – the Irishman regularly “ate” Porter’s half-kicks in the supporting leg and did not know how to fight them.
- The fight with Khabib showed Porrier that even a high-class puncher has to combine wrestling and standup, keeping his opponent in maximum tension. In the rematch with McGregor, Porier delivered a sharp touchdown, knocking Conor down at a comfortable pace and forcing the Irishman to switch from boxing to grappling.
- Fights with card-carrying Max Holloway and Dan Hooker pumped Porter’s mentality. He now knows that even in the championship rounds he is capable of outboxing punching fighters who can fight all 25 minutes at a high tempo.
Conor McGregor and Dustin Porier fight on July 11
Right after the fight both fighters expressed their readiness for the third part of the confrontation, and now we know the date and place of the decisive bout: July 11, Las Vegas, UFC 264 tournament.
And this time, viewers should not expect too much mutual respect – in the last week there has been a serious squabble between the fighters in social networks, and it is already clear how crucial the third fight of the cronies will be.
And this fight is also very good in terms of numbers: number six in the rankings of the best fighters regardless of weight classes against number 15, 40 early wins (32 KO/TKO) and 22 bonus points for both of the best fights/shows/knockouts and submissions of the night.