Legendary MMA coach Firas Zahabi has claimed “Conor [McGregor’s] going to win via killshot knockout, or he’s going to lose via decision” in his upcoming rubber match with Dustin Poirier.
Zahabi, the former head coach of UFC great Georges St-Pierre, is widely considered one of the best coaches in MMA history.
In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Zahabi discussed his thoughts on the upcoming clash and told fans what he thought McGregor should do to win.
"I think [McGregor] needs to, number one, take the leg kicks off the table. I hope for him he is training around the clock not to get leg kicked."
"Then after that, he has to keep the volume low. He doesn’t have to throw as many punches as Poirier. He has to keep the volume low.
"He has 25 minutes to get a kill shot or he most likely loses a decision. If he gets into a trench war with Poirier, I think Poirier’s going to win. In my opinion, this is a 50-50 fight.
"The three things I think Conor McGregor needs to do to win: one, take the leg kicks off the table. He’s fighting a southpaw, that’s going to be a tricky thing. He hasn’t fought many southpaws in his career, so you have that power leg kick that’s usually not there when two fighters are in an open stance.
"Two, he’s got to control the volume. He doesn’t have to try to keep up with Poirier in the pocket. If Poirier lands ten shots to five, I wouldn’t be worried for Conor. Conor’s going to win via killshot, knockout, or he’s going to lose via decision."
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McGregor was defeated by long-time rival Poirier at UFC 257 in January earlier this year via second-round knockout. Poirier’s victory levelled the score between the two men at one apiece, following McGregor’s 2014 victory over the Diamond.
Both men have become dramatically different fighters since then and while McGregor has become one of the highest-earning athletes on the planet, Poirier has become a fan favourite and is undoubtedly one of the UFC’s pound-for-pound best.
UFC 264 takes place on July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada and is shaping up to be a brilliant night of fights.
Alongside McGregor vs. Poirier III, a welterweight clash between Gilbert Burns and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is slated to feature in the co-main event slot.
Sean O’Malley and Kevin Lee are also expected to make their highly anticipated returns, facing Louis Smolka and Sean Brady respectively, and disgraced former NFL player Greg Hardy will make his ninth walk to the UFC octagon against fan favourite Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight showdown.
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