Big news for MMA fans has arrived as UFC 257 is going to host a big rematch between Conor “The Notorious” McGregor (22-4-0) and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (26-6-1 NC). Both will enter the cage against each other in a location still to be announced on January 23, 2021, in a lightweight bout. It was a rumor that UFC may announce this match for the UFC title, but Dana White still thinks that Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0-0) will return to the cage for one last time to fulfill his father’s dream.
Rematches are always exciting, and this fight is between the two best fighters in the lightweight division despite the appeal of the match is no longer that of 6 years ago. Today, we know who they are: Conor McGregor is a superb marketer and a great striker with a chance of talking after Khabib retired, while Dustin Poirier is one of the many passing by to collect a cheque. We are not saying that both fighters are in bad faith; simply, we are saying that this is another occasion to make Conor looks good. Some sort of remake of McGregor-Cerrone we have seen a year ago.
McGregor and Poirier have already met back in 2014 where Dustin Poirier could not handle the precision and the striking force of Conor getting knocked out in just 96 seconds. As said, back then it was different: we were still considering Conor as the new rising star and Poirier as somebody who wanted more from his fighting career. I may have lost my enthusiasm in the lightweight division after Khabib decided to retire but these are my feelings: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier is a fight that we do not deserve. I know life needs to go on and, at the end of the day, it is a fight between #2 vs #4 in the lightweight division. However, I do not feel the vibes of this fight.
On top of this, there were certain sinister rumors that the fight could have been for the world lightweight belt… Thankfully, it seems that this obscene scenario would not occur and the belt will remain in the hands of who deserved it more over the last years: Khabib Nurmagomedov.