Dustin Poirier Labels Conor McGregor As The Hardest Puncher He Ever Faced
Despite the bad blood between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, “The Diamond” didn’t seem to hold back on the truth.
In an interview with Valuetainment’s Patrick Bet-Davit, Poirier (28-6) said that McGregor was the best puncher he ever faced.
“Conor McGregor, no doubt about it. [You’d put Conor McGregor at the top?] As the biggest puncher I’ve fought? Yeah. He’s a special individual, for sure… Fought him in 2014; lost, and that was when his trajectory was just… sky was the limit, he was on his way up. He tore through everybody; became a two-weight world champion,” Poirier said.
They fought with each other three times, but might share the octagon for one more time.
They first fought at UFC 178 where Poirier suffered a loss via knockout in the first round.
However, Poirier served the Irish man his first-ever KO loss in his professional MMA career in their rematch bout.
Poirier also said that he felt the power and danger in their second and third battle. But he added that, in this time, he was mentally prepared for this pressure and earned the victory in both last two fights.
“Still the same; very dangerous. It’s just, I felt differently mentally going into it [2021 rematch and trilogy],” he said.
In their trilogy battle, McGregor suffered a broken tibia in the late first round.
But as soon as McGregor recovers fully, both fighters and UFC President Dana White are looking for a fourth showdown.
McGregor is the first fighter who won two division belts simultaneously; he is famous for his brutal left hand.
In the UFC, he earned KO victories against Marcus Brimage, Diego Brandao, Dennis Silver, Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez and Donald Cerrone.
Poirier remains as the No. 1 lightweight contender and will fight for the title against newly crowned Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 in December.