Hot, Saucy Shots, Volume 2: Who Wins?
As great as it is to follow this sport, there is the difficulty of choosing a winner. Then I thought it…this isn’t as challenging as I initially thought. The MMA Gods have intervened divinely, which has helped me secure my call in this highly anticipated, bout.
When it comes to major names in this sport, is there really one more recognisable than Conor McGregor? His ability to predict fights and follow through, social media activity, ability to dress, negotiate a multi-million-dollar fight with the greatest boxer in existence (Floyd Mayweather), are just a few elements that have contributed to his mystique. He also, given his acclaim, and notoriety, is the most desperate fighter that dwells amongst those who are household names. McGregor has lost two of his last three bouts in convincing fashion. Even in his wins, we have seen fighters expose the Irishman’s vulnerabilities. Has the coaching staff of SBG Ireland fixed those woes in time enough for “The Notorious One” to merge back into victory lane?
Meanwhile, Poirier has displayed an insane ability to rebound from losses in the UFC. After losing the first meeting with McGregor at UFC 178, Poirier rattled off a four-fight win streak. Momentum was stifled by Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson. His response, winning fight of his last six bout, that one non-win, a draw against Eddie Alvarez where an injury caused the stoppage. The aforementioned streak included beating Max Holloway for the interim lightweight championship before suffering his last loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. Since his last loss, “The Diamond” has looked polished in earning unanimous decision and knockout wins over Dan Hooker and McGregor respectively.
And The Winner Is…
As noted earlier, McGregor is desperate for the win. The sense of urgency is high and unless he has improved significantly in the wrestling/grappling department, as well as the ground game, I see McGregor doing what he does best, going for the pre-championship rounds knockout.
As far as Poirier is concerned, he was able to withstand McGregor’s onslaught, slow him down with leg kicks and secure the knockout win in the second outing. Call me crazy, but this trilogy does not conclude with a knockout. I have “The Diamond” utilising his grappling. From there, he will pin McGregor to the mat and will do what Nate Diaz and Nurmagomedov did before him and submit McGregor by the third round. There’s my “Suga Sweet Pick” for UFC 264’s marquee matchup. Let’s see how this all plays out. Gambling on the strength of my picks is not encouraged…didn’t you see my consideration of having hot sauce and whiskey shots last go round??? Follow me on Twitter at @itsjustanthoff and follow us at @HF_Media for more great content. Also, be sure to check out the HF Media on such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to join in on the discussion.