Dustin Poirier ought to positively take the struggle to the floor against Conor McGregor at UFC 257, if he hopes to win.
In any case, this is what former UFC heavyweight champion and a number of Pancrase champion Bas Rutten believes.
McGregor and Poirier confronted off in 2014, and the Irishman simply disposed of his opponent by TKO in the first spherical. On January 23, the two athletes will face one another once more, but when Poirier is nonetheless standing, the identical situation as their first struggle might occur once more, in keeping with the legendary Dutch fighter.
“The Diamond, he is grown up quite a bit, he is a totally completely different fighter. But once more, Conor did the identical, “ Rutten just lately defined at Radio Submission.
“He has nice palms. Can he cease the takedowns? Because now everybody is aware of it, however we’ll see, he misplaced 4 occasions, all 4 occasions by submission, He recalled of McGregor.
“So your best chance is to get him to the ground, that’s what you need to do.” But that is simpler mentioned than accomplished, clearly, due to Conor’s distance which is so good. Once once more, if I had been him, I might begin instantly left-handed, and with low kicks, low kicks. If you may neutralize that leg earlier than, as a result of it will likely be troublesome for him to dam, he can’t flip his hip… ”
“I believe Conor has the largest stress on him, as a result of he is Conor. He all the time has to face it, as a result of everybody, they revolve round him. And Dustin, as a result of he misplaced the first time, he clearly desires to win. But if he can simply see it as a fundamental struggle. “
“The different time, too, there was that lengthy left hook, it hit him in the again of the head. It was a transparent shot as a result of it spins, it wasn’t Conor’s fault. But now he is aware of: Don’t be in that place, keep away. Only as soon as once more, retaining a distance with Conor… He is aware of precisely learn how to use his attain. He’s actually good. But I believe there is much less stress for Poirier, I’m positive of that. And I believe Poirier additionally is aware of he must have this struggle on the floor ASAP. “