Conor McGregor’s Striking Coach: Dustin Poirier Gets Rocked In Every Fight
Conor McGregor’s striking coach believes Dustin Poirier will be in a world of trouble at UFC 257.
On January 23, McGregor and Poirier will share the Octagon in a rematch. The two did battle back on September 27, 2014. McGregor won the bout via first-round TKO.
A lot has changed since that time. For starters, that bout was contested at featherweight and neither man has competed at 145 pounds in years. McGregor has become the biggest star in MMA and is a former UFC “champ-champ,” while Poirier is a fan favorite and a former interim UFC Lightweight Champion.
McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, told The Mac Life that he sees Poirier struggling to withstand the “Notorious” one’s punching power again (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“He’s technically good. He’s [got] 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.”
UFC 257 will take place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The card will feature a women’s flyweight scrap between Jessica Eye and Joanna Calderwood. Exciting featherweight bruisers will collide as Shane Burgos goes one-on-one with Hakeem Dawodu.