Conor McGregor doesn’t believe Dustin Poirier will last long when the octagon door closes at UFC 257.
It’s been just over a year since McGregor last fought, when he dismantled Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds, though he thinks his next opponent might be able to hang on a little bit longer.
McGregor has famously predicted the outcome of many of his fights in the past and in the process earned himself the nickname ‘Mystic Mac’.
“I love Dustin, he’s a good fighter. [Maybe] he’s even a great fighter, but great is still levels below me. I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds,” he said on a UFC promotional video.
The pair fought seven years ago, but a lot has changed since Poirier was beaten in the first round at UFC 178.
Poirier has won 10 fights since then – six of which via a stoppage – and has only lost twice, once being at the hands of the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The winner of this bout has the incentive of heading to the front of the queue for Khabib’s UFC lightweight title.
Will they fight Khabib for it? That question will be answered in the next few weeks as the Russian meets with UFC president Dana White to discuss his retirement.
If White can convince him to return, it’s believed that a bout with Georges St. Pierre is the way to do it. Would he then defend his title?
The wait might be too long and an interim champion may have to be crowned, or Khabib may vacate entirely.
Speculation also persists that McGregor will be heading off to box Manny Pacquiao after the Poirier fight regardless, so perhaps there would be time for Khabib to get his dream fight with GSP and then both men circle back for a rematch – providing he beats Poirier.