Dana White: I Think Conor McGregor Was Overlooking Dustin Poirier
UFC President Dana White is of the belief that Conor McGregor overlooked Dustin Poirier in their rematch.
Back in January, McGregor and Poirier collided a second time. Their first meeting took place back in September 2014 with McGregor getting the first-round TKO finish. In the rematch, Poirier scored a second-round TKO victory.
McGregor had long been eyeing a boxing showdown with Manny Pacquiao. He even admitted that he chose the Poirier fight to prepare for a southpaw. Poirier’s strategy was to attack with leg kicks and it was effective as McGregor wasn’t prepared to check those kicks.
During an interview with BT Sport, White said he feels McGregor looked past Poirier (via MMAMania.com).
“I don’t think there has to be trash talk or any of that stuff. And I don’t know if this is true — only Conor can answer this question — I think Conor was overlooking Dustin, like ‘let me just get through this and onto other things.’”
White has said that he’s looking to book the trilogy bout between McGregor and Poirier this summer.
“Well, when you have two guys that are in their positions—Dustin is the No. 1 ranked guy in the world, you got Conor who is ranked No. 6, and they want the trilogy, you got to go with the trilogy. We’re probably going to try to put that fight together this summer.”
In an Instagram post following his loss to Poirier, McGregor said Poirier’s game plan was smart as the public knew he was focused on throwing hands with Pacquiao, where he wouldn’t have to worry about other martial arts disciplines.
“It’s what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against ‘PacMan.’ I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with. Besides this though, my shots were sharp and I was in full control. Albeit the leg attacks were building up on me throughout the course.”