Conor McGregor's coach rules out Dustin Poirier revenge job at UFC 257 because The Diamond 'gets rocked in every fight'January 1, 2021
DUSTIN POIRIER will be put away by Conor McGregor because he "gets rocked in every fight".
That's the opinion of McGregor's longtime striking coach, SBG Charlestown chief Owen Roddy.
Poirier, 31, will look to avenge his 2014 knockout defeat to The Notorious onJanuary 23 in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
The American has gone from strength-to-strength since being sparked by McGregor, winning ten of his last 13 fights and claiming the interim UFC lightweight title.
Roddy has seen improvements in Poirier since his first meeting with the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, but not enough to convince him The Diamond will have his revenge on Fight Island.
The former Cage Contender bantamweight champion told The Mac Life: “He’s technically good.
"He’s [got] good hands, he’s tough, he’s durable and he sets a pace. I think it’s a combination of those things that’s allowed him to have that success. But he always gets rocked in every fight.
“People don’t punch like Conor. His opponents don’t punch like Conor. All Conor needs is a split second.
"A half an inch to see the shot, and once he bangs the shot, you’re going to be out. You’re going to be on wobbly legs, and if you’re on wobbly legs, it will be the next one that finishes you.”
He added: “Poirier gets hit an awful lot, so I believe it’s just a matter of time.
“When Conor hits him, how long can he last after that. Whether he goes to sleep straight or he toughs it out a little bit, but Conor has 25 minutes in there to land on the chin. For me, there’s serious odds.”
Roddy doesn't know when the stoppage will come but is confident the second installment of Poirier versus McGregor will end the same way as the first.
He said: “I always say this, it’s going to take Conor maybe a minute or so, two minutes and Conor could see the shot in ten seconds, you never know.
"But it might take Conor a couple of minutes to find a shot and land a shot.
"Once he lands the shot, Poirier’s either asleep or he’s out on his feet and then it’s only a matter of time before the second one lands.
"Whether it takes a couple of minutes or a round or two, Conor will find the shots.
“Conor has the best ability in the world to get the read of his opponents. You could bring somebody in that Conor has never seen before, never watched and you just watch Conor.
"He throws his shots out there, he feels it out, he records the reactions and then he finds the killer blow and then he lands – 99 per cent of people don’t recover after that first shot so I see it going the exact same way.”
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