Dustin Poirier made Conor McGregor 'panic' with short sprints, claims ex-UFC champ Alvarez as he breaks down fightFebruary 8, 2021
DUSTIN POIRIER made Conor McGregor 'panic' with short sprints of strikes, their former opponent Eddie Alvarez said.
Poirier won in round two of their rematch on Fight Island in January.
McGregor was left barley able to walk after taking a battering to his calves, turning up to the press conference afterwards with a crutch.
And former UFC champion Alvarez – who lost to both lightweights – broke down how Poirier's burst of attacks led him to victory.
He told MMA Junkie: “Dustin Poirier putting on them sprints that he puts on, I thought that would be the best way that he could get it done.
"I agreed that if he gave Conor the space that Conor can relax and create stuff that he’d have a bad night.
"But Dustin just fought a beautiful game plan by kicking that leg and then putting a short sprint on him and being able to cause him to panic and put him away."
McGregor, 32, famously knocked Alvarez out in 2016 to add the lightweight title to his featherweight strap.
It also marked the first time a fighter had held two UFC belts at the same time.
But since then, McGregor has not won at lightweight – losing his last two in the division, against 32-year-olds Khabib Nurmagomedov and Poirier.
The Irishman fancies a trilogy decider with Poirier, but the UFC are yet to kickstart talks for an immediate rematch between the pair.
Alvarez, who was beaten by Poirier in his final UFC fight in 2018, is now campaigning in Asia with ONE Championship.
He lost his promotional debut against Timofey Nastyukhin in 2019 but bounced back to submit Eduard Folayang in the same year.
Alvarez, 37, is set to face Iuri Lapicus next on April 7, featuring on the same card as UFC legend Demetrious Johnson.
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