Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor – UFC 257 Staff Predictions

Dustin PoirierCheck out the LowKickMMA staff picks ahead of the UFC 257 main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. Jordan Ellis: Six years on from UFC 178 a lot has changed for Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, however the fundamentals of this fight have not changed at all. McGregor remains the big, accurate puncher he […]

Dustin Poirier

Check out the LowKickMMA staff picks ahead of the UFC 257 main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.

Jordan Ellis: Six years on from UFC 178 a lot has changed for Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, however the fundamentals of this fight have not changed at all. McGregor remains the big, accurate puncher he has always been. Poirier remains a very hittable fighter. Will he be able to survive the early onslaught? I don’t think so. For that reason, I am picking McGregor to get this done inside two rounds.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Abhinav Kini: Dustin Poirier has undoubtedly improved significantly since the first fight and at 155, has proven to be very durable. However, damage accumulates, especially given the wars he’s been in with Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker. Adding to that, Conor McGregor is still the best striker in the division and has already knocked him out which will play some psychological role one would imagine. I see the same result happening and in the first round as well.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Alex Lough: It seems the narrative going into this fight is how much both fighters have grown since their first fight. However, I think the same general thought process from that fight still applies. Dustin has become a fan favorite from the absolute wars he’s been in. Those same wars also showed us that Poirier gets hit alot, and although he’s gone up against some of the best in the division, there’s no one quite like McGregor. He hits harder than the furnace scene in Toy Story 3, and as we’ve seen before, one mistake is all it takes for him to end your night. Much like the first fight, the question will be if Dustin is able to get the fight to the ground, where we’ve seen holes in Conor’s game. As much as I like Dustin and want him to win, I think the we saw the answer in their first meeting. Conor by KO.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Chris De Santiago: I’ve been looking forward to this rematch for many years and it’s finally here. McGregor and Poirier are two of my favorite fighters, so it is hard to pick against each other. The narrative in this one is that Poirier is a totally different fighter than the first time they fought but so is McGregor. He earned dual belts since then and has truly honed his craft as a martial artist, especially now, supposedly hungrier than ever. The longer this fight goes favors Poirier in the later rounds, however McGregor will likely take him out in the early rounds. While Poirier’s chin is a lot better than it what at 145, it is questionable now after all of the wars he has endured in his last few fights. I believe those wars will have taken a toll on how much damage Poirier can take in this fight, so I side with McGregor with mere precision and power.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Karim Nathan: I always look forward to a Conor McGregor fight, I feel like he is fighting a different Poirier to their first fight and this is obvious in the build-up. I believe that Conor will go out and start fast trying to finish the night early and what is obvious from Dustin’s fights is that he is hittable even though his last couple of wins have come via decision, which shows he can take a punch much better now, it still won’t be enough as Conor’s power is just something else. Conor via second round KO

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Harry O’Connor: There’s nothing quite like a McGregor fight week, and this week has been no different. I prefer this McGregor to the notable trash talking McGregor, he really looks like he’s got his head screwed on and if the way he’s talking is anything to go by, we’re in for a spectacle come Saturday night. I think when Conor said Poirier is great but he isn’t on his level, is a fair representation of how this fight will go. When I look back to the Poirier-Hooker fight, I see a brawler in Poirier who whilst giving out a lot of strikes, also took plenty and he’s not going to be able to take shots against McGregor for long. I predict a McGregor KO at the end of the first round.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Ty Rosson: Rematches are always difficult to predict. Especially when they are at a different weight class than the first bout. Both fighters are very different people now than they were the first go around. The mental warfare that Conor played on Dustin will be written about in sports psychology books for years. This time it is a much different story, both look to be in phenomenal shape mentally and physically. I predict an all-time classic. A back-and-forth fight for 25 minutes and one that we will remember fondly for years to come. Dustin’s grappling will be the slight edge that he needs to get the split decision win in the main event of UFC 257.

Prediction: Dustin Poirier

Declan Flahive: All indications point towards Conor McGregor putting on a masterpiece against Dustin Poirier this weekend. Poirier’s game plan will probably be to try and put the pressure on McGregor and drag him into a bloodbath, but I think McGregor’s octagon control and evasiveness will be too much for the Louisianan to handle. As the left-hand shots and flashy kicks start to find their home on Poirier, it is only a matter of time before “The Diamond” falls. Whilst Poirier has improved since the first bout, he has also been in quite a few wars. This tendency to get hit and Poirier’s desire to stay on the feet will be fatal against a sharp-shooting McGregor who looks to be in the shape of his life, both physically and mentally. Whilst both fighters have improved since 2014, McGregor has gone through his bouts relatively unscathed. Throw in the fact that McGregor has been spending LeBron-level money on his health year-round, and it all starts to look bleak for Poirier. That being said, if Poirier can weather the storm or catch him in a submission, he could pull off the ultimate upset and move towards a shot at gold. There aren’t many people in the UFC more likeable than Dustin Poirier, but I see Conor McGregor finishing him with a second-round TKO.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Ryan MacCarthy: If you look at the last time they fought, Conor has improved. Dustin has improved, too. But where Dustin, in my opinion, has not improved is his defense. He still gets hit a lot. And that’s why everybody loves Dustin because he gets in awesome fights. I’m a huge fan of Dustin; I love watching him. But he gets hit and you can’t get hit by Conor McGregor, ya just can’t.  I don’t think it’ll be exactly like last time. I think this gets past the 1st round. I don’t think Conor will just come out and finish him. Poiriers head coach Mike Brown and his team will have a plan ready to go, but I think Dustin is going to do Dustin things and he’s going to get caught in an exchange and then he’ll get finished. I see Dustin landing some shots on Conor, and vice versa in the 1st round. But man oh man, I can really see Conor McGregor finishing this one in the 2nd round by TKO.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor Is Set To Bank $5 Million At UFC 257

Conor McGregorEver since Conor McGregor broke into the mainstream of MMA, he has consistently commanded huge salary pay-outs. UFC 257 looks to be no different. As McGregor boldly proclaimed, his bout in 2020 against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone was the UFC’s highest PPV of the year. McGregor reportedly pocketed 3 million dollars for his first round TKO of […]

Conor McGregor

Ever since Conor McGregor broke into the mainstream of MMA, he has consistently commanded huge salary pay-outs. UFC 257 looks to be no different. As McGregor boldly proclaimed, his bout in 2020 against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone was the UFC’s highest PPV of the year.

McGregor reportedly pocketed 3 million dollars for his first round TKO of the UFC veteran (H/T MMA MANIA). However, his upcoming rematch against Dustin Poirier will supposedly net him substantially more. A recent report by the Independent has revealed that the ‘Notorious’ one is set to bring in approximately $5 million from UFC 257.

According to MMA MANIA, McGregor could end up earning a further $20 million through backend revenue and PPV buys. Alternatively, McGregor’s opponent, Dustin Poirier, will also receive a significant salary increase. The Louisiana native will break $1 million for the first time in his career, with potential to rise through PPV buys and backend revenue as well.

Both fighters have made weight, so there is little to indicate that the two 155lb great won’t receive there impressive pay checks post fight.

What are your thoughts on Conor McGregor’s huge potential salary for this title eliminator?

VIDEO | Dana White Tries To Convince Khabib To Fight McGregor Again

Dana White is trying to lure Khabib out of retirementFootage has emerged of UFC President, Dana White attempting to convince recently retired pound for pound number one fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement by telling him how big a second fight with superstar, Conor McGregor would be. Dana White was with Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UAE Warriors 15 event in Abu Dhabi, […]

Dana White is trying to lure Khabib out of retirement

Footage has emerged of UFC President, Dana White attempting to convince recently retired pound for pound number one fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement by telling him how big a second fight with superstar, Conor McGregor would be.

Dana White was with Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UAE Warriors 15 event in Abu Dhabi, whilst they were filming the latest episode of Dana White: Looking’ For A Fight. The pair were also joined by co-hosts, Din Thomas and Matt Sera.

During the show, Dana can be heard speaking to Khabib in which he tells him how big the McGregor V Poirier fight is trending.

“This fight with Poirier is trending bigger than the fight with you and Conor on pay-per-view,” White said. “Imagine what you and Conor would do in another f*cking fight. Just saying. I’m just saying.”

Dana White appears to be trying to tempt Khabib out of retirement after the Lightweight Champion shocked the world by hanging up his gloves after UFC 254 when he beat Justin Gaethje. It was the first time Khabib had fought since his father passed away.

Dana had previously teased that he would be meeting up with Khabib and that he felt confident he would be able to persuade the Russian to fight again. The pair met in Abu Dhabi and Dana told the media he would announce the outcome of the meeting during UFC on ABC 1 last Saturday.

However Dana announced that Khabib had not yet been persuaded to come back and that he was looking for something special at UFC 257 in which Conor McGregor fights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker fights Michael Chandler.

Conor McGregor believes that Khabib is running away from him and that the Lightweight belt will be stripped from the champion after UFC 257 however it feels like any decision right now is up in the air and that tonight’s card will play a huge factor in whether Khabib comes back or not.

Do you think Dana White can convince Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight again?

WATCH: UFC 257 Post-Fight Press Conference Live Stream

The UFC 257 post-fight press conference will be live once the action concludes. In the headliner, Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor will collide in a lightweight clash. The co-main event will see a bout between Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker. More act…

The UFC 257 post-fight press conference will be live once the action concludes. In the headliner, Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor will collide in a lightweight clash. The co-main event will see a bout between Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker. More action will also be featured on the main card as Joanne Calderwood shares the […]

Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler – UFC 257 Staff Predictions

Dan HookerCheck out the LowKickMMA staff picks ahead of the UFC 257 co-main event between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler. Jordan Ellis: I’m backing Dan Hooker heading into this one. Despite falling short, he looked good against Dustin Poirier last time out and has been mixing it with the best for several years now. Michael Chandler […]

Dan Hooker

Check out the LowKickMMA staff picks ahead of the UFC 257 co-main event between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler.

Jordan Ellis: I’m backing Dan Hooker heading into this one. Despite falling short, he looked good against Dustin Poirier last time out and has been mixing it with the best for several years now. Michael Chandler is perhaps a little bit small to hang with elite level UFC lightweights in my opinion. For these reasons, I predict Hooker will KO Chandler at UFC 257.

Prediction: Dan Hooker  

Abhinav Kini: It’s been said by both fighters and I agree — Dan Hooker is a bad matchup for Michael Chandler. Matchup aside, Hooker is undoubtedly the best opponent Chandler will have faced and I just see him being too much to handle especially if the latter is unable to keep him on the ground. Hooker by R2 TKO/KO.

Prediction: Dan Hooker

Alex Lough: Man, this matchup is so hard to predict. The obvious X-factor here is Chandler’s wrestling. In Hooker’s entire UFC career, the only grapplers we’ve seen him go against are Jim Miller and Gilbert Burns. Both of them are known more for their BJJ than wrestling, and he put them both away before we saw his ground game really get tested. On the other hand, we’ve seen Chandler use his all-American pedigree to stifle his opposition, as well as utilize his boxing to put them away. I may be oversimplifying things here, but I’m going with the known commodity. Chandler grinds out a decision.

Prediction: Michael Chandler  

Chris De Santiago: I can not state how excited I am to see Michael Chandler in the UFC. I’ve been watching for many years on the Bellator scene. He is incredibly underrated, just for the reasoning that he has not fought in the UFC before. While this is his UFC debut, he has faced UFC-level opponents and future champs like Eddie Alvarez and former champs like Benson Henderson. He’s arguably beat both twice. His wrestling prowess will work wonders against The Hangman, Dan Hooker. He is hard to keep on the ground at times, however, mix the wrestling with a powerful overhand and it will be a long night for Hooker. I predict Chandler via KO.

Prediction: Michael Chandler  

Karim Nathan: For the co main I think that Chandler could not have gotten a tougher first match up in terms of whats available. Hooker has been part of wars and so has Chandler, I just have a feeling that Chandler knows he cant strike with Hooker and will look to change levels as fast as possible. Hooker has proved to have good takedown defence as well as being able to get back up quite quickly if he goes down. I feel that Chandler will gas put after going for takedown after takedown and Dan will take advantage of that getting a late third round KO win.

Prediction: Dan Hooker  

Harry O’Connor: I feel with Michael Chandler, he’s a champion from another promotion who you look at and think, he can definitely mix it up with the top lightweights in the UFC, noting that with some of his victories in the past, however as Hooker said at the press conference on Thursday, his been built on stuffing takedowns and striking, not that Chandler can only wrestle. I expect a very intense fight with lots of volume from each fighter but I think Hooker will just edge a points decision with Chandler being unable to show any dominance on the ground, therefore resulting in Hooker just edging Chandler on strikes.

Prediction: Dan hooker

Ty Rosson: Dan Hooker is a really tough fight to get for your UFC debut. He has long limbs that are hard to get a read on and a tricky knee up the middle if you decide to go for a takedown on him. That being said, Michael Chandler is a dog that you have to kill to put away. This being a three round fight benefits him the most and coupled with the speed advantage he will have, I predict a Chandler win by second round TKO

Prediction: Michael Chandler  

Declan Flahive: Dan Hooker introducing Michael Chandler to the UFC in the co-main is a sensational bout. A tall guy with great takedown defence is probably the worst matchup for Chandler, especially when you throw in the fact that the Kiwi has knees of death that could easily send the ex-Bellator champ into another dimension.
The three-round nature of this bout means both guys will be firing on all cylinders from the start. I feel like Chandler’s speed will allow him to close the distance quickly, taking Hooker’s reach advantage away from him and allowing him to go to work with his heavy hands and really test Hooker’s acclaimed takedown defence. Michael Chandler wins via third-round TKO. 

Prediction: Michael Chandler  

Ryan MacCarthy Now this is another HUGE fight with major title implications in the Lightweight division. Im more torn on this fight than I am the main event. Michael Chandler might not be as well known since he is a former bellator world champion and making his UFC Debut. But, I am here to say that Michael Chandler is capable of beating anyone in this division. He’s going to come at Hooker and try to stand and maybe go for a few takedowns as well. 
 But people are forgetting about this BAAAAD man that is Dan Hooker. In my opinion, he has a better stand up game than Michael Chandler and I believe this is a fantastic stylistic matchup for Hooker. I think he can piece up Chandler and win this fight by decision. I do think this will be super close, and possibly fight of the night. Im going to go with Dan Hooker by Split Decision.

Prediction: Dan Hooker

Who Has Better Talent: UFC or Bellator? Michael Chandler Gives His Take

Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler is weighing in on what is the premiere promotion in mixed martial arts. The consensus has always been that the UFC holds the most talent in the sport of MMA. But as with any topic, there are always those who di…

Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler is weighing in on what is the premiere promotion in mixed martial arts. The consensus has always been that the UFC holds the most talent in the sport of MMA. But as with any topic, there are always those who disagree. Some maintain that there is no one promotion that […]