GEORGES ST-PIERRE reckons Conor McGregor will need to be relentless with his pressure to beat Dustin Poirier this weekend.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 257 ceremonial weigh-insCredit: Getty
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor faced one another in 2014Credit: Getty
St-Pierre reckons the Irishman will need to be on the front foot from the get-go to make good on his vow to end the fight early, saying: “He will need to start the fight with a lot of pressure, like he always does when he wins. Use all his creativity. All his kicks.
“Even talk to his opponent and try and bait Dustin into throwing his jab so that he can come up over the top with his favourite weapon, his left hand.
“That is his bread and butter right there guys. His left hand. He can throw with a lot of power and he is very accurate with it.”
St-Pierre, 39, isn’t completely writing off Poirier’s chances of settling the score with the UFC‘s poster boy, who he reckons the American can beat with a wrestling-heavy approach.
The former two-division champion added: “Dustin Poirier’s keys to victory would be, I believe, use a lot of feints and a lot of movement to make McGregor throw with a lot of power and miss.
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“Then maybe try to wrestle him, to create scrambles. He has a very good guillotine. His best chance to win I believe will be in the later rounds.”
Poirier, 32, is eager for his second meeting with McGregor to last longer than their first and intends to take the UFCs first simultaneous two-division champion into deep waters.
He said: “I didn’t even get to fight [the first time]. The fight hadn’t even blossomed — but that’s fighting. Anything can happen under those lights.
“The fight hadn’t even blossomed — but that’s fighting. Anything can happen under those lights.
“If you’re talking about game planning, what I want for us to both be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight.
The Diamond added: “I want both of us to be bleeding and really have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter. See who really wants to be in there.
“Because I don’t have a safety net. I want to be in there, and I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does. And that’s uncomfortable.
“I’m not looking forward to getting busted open but if we can get to that point where both of us are tired and bleeding, then we can see who has more grit and more want, and I think I win that fight ten out of ten times.”
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