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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 Early Preview – Will it Happen in 2020?
A storm is brewing since odds for a Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier rematch have surfaced online.
McGregor and UFC President Dana White have recently been engaging in a public spat over the Irishman’s fighting future, and neither side is willing to take the blame. MMA’s biggest star is a promotional mastermind, however, and you have to wonder if these heated exchanges are as genuine as these two let on.
We have had some interesting claims from “The Notorious” this week that has sparked things off. The most eye-catching of them all involves fighting a certain Filipino boxing legend. But more on that later. For now, let’s concentrate on a potential fight between the former two-weight world champion and Poirier.
According to McGregor, he will face Louisiana’s best lightweight in a rematch of their 2014 featherweight encounter, which he won by way of a TKO in Round 1. The surprise is that according to a poster released by the Irishman, it will go down in Dublin as an MMA exhibition sparring match.
White has since claimed that the UFC has offered a fight to both men, so it looks as though McGregor vs. Poirier 2 will instead happen inside the Octagon. So, here’s an early betting preview of that fight to whet your appetite.
Martial art sparring match in aid of charity. Dublin, December 12th 2020.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 30, 2020
Free to air spar. McGregor vs Poirier.
List of chosen charities available soon. All donations welcome ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cLfFbQ0IJF
McGregor vs. Poirier 2 Odds
Odds for a Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier rematch released by MyBookie have the Irishman as a -200 favorite to win.
No biggie for The Notorious, who will be familiar with entering a fight as a minus money favorite. In 15 pro MMA contests stretching back to his 2012 win over Steve O’Keefe at Cage Warriors 45, McGregor has been the underdog just once. And that was against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Poirier is a moderate underdog at +160. His odds history has been up and down over the last few years. He entered his fight with Dan Hooker in June as a strong favorite but was a sizeable underdog against Khabib in his previous fight. Poirier was also an underdog in his 155-pound interim title fight win against Max Holloway. However, he was favored in his four previous fights.
Expect to see McGregor’s odds close at around the -240 to -280 range against Poirier. The Irishman attracts an insane amount of action whenever he fights, given his huge reputation and, of course, the buzz he creates before a contest.
If you wait, you should get Poirier at around +200. Anything at that price or more is a great bet. I’m expecting his odds to plateau at around that mark.
Why a McGregor vs. Poirier Rematch?
Why not? With Khabib fighting Gaethje at UFC 254, that’s the champion fighting the UFC lightweight division’s #1 challenger. Dustin Poirier is #2 on the rankings, and he just saw a fight with #3 Tony Ferguson fall apart. Ferguson’s plans are currently unknown.
Next is Dan Hooker, who has recently been beaten by Poirier. A match between Ferguson and #4 ranked Hooker would be so much fun, and I hope that happens at some point in the next few months.
So, that leaves #5 ranked Conor McGregor as the most logical choice for Poirier.
Dana White says UFC offered McGregor and Poirier the rematch ? pic.twitter.com/5IF68WEgXJ— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 30, 2020
McGregor hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since a 40-second blitzing of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January. Although he had planned to fight numerous times this year, the global health crisis put an end to that.
Of those plans, McGregor was eyeing another shot at the lightweight title in 2020. But as mentioned earlier, the UFC booked Khabib vs. Gaethje rather than a rematch between the Russian and the Irishman.
This fight makes sense. Poirier gets a shot at revenge, while McGregor has the opportunity to move into the number one contender status with a win. I have absolutely no problem with this fight.
When and Where Will it Happen?
Well, who knows? With so much information floating around, it’s hard to tell what is what at this stage.
Earlier this week, fans were under the impression that there was another fight happening. Search engines were being inundated with hits and queries relating to bets for Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor.
Dana White stated in an interview that McGregor’s claims of the Pacquiao fight happening in the Middle East led to “the Saudis” threatening legal action if he didn’t remove the post. White also claimed in the same interview that offers have been made to both McGregor and Poirier for a UFC rematch. Check it out.
If it’s a fight @TheNotoriousMMA wants, it seems to be a fight he’ll get.@DanaWhite tells @RobbieBarstool that an offer has officially been made to Conor McGregor & Dustin Poirier (@DustinPoirier) for a fight inside the UFC. They are currently waiting to hear back. pic.twitter.com/cOXKZ8FAPu— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) September 30, 2020
On October 1, Pacquiao released a statement claiming that he is up for a fight with McGregor, on the basis that he co-promotes the fight. So as things are, will we get a rematch between McGregor vs. Poirier or Pacquiao vs. McGregor inside the ropes?
I would say that a UFC fight between Poirier and McGregor stands more chance of happening next. But where it happens is anyone’s guess, really.
The most likely venue for the fight would be at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with Fight Island in Abu Dhabi coming in as a close second. But in Dublin? I don’t think so. Sure, it’s interesting that the Irish capital should be mentioned, as McGregor has wanted to fight in his hometown since knocking out Diego Brandao there in July 2014. But what’s the point if fans are not in attendance?
If I had to make a guess right now, I’d say that this fight may get done at the APEX in early to mid-January.
McGregor vs. Poirier 2 is an excellent fight to make and there are a few questions that I am excited to see answered by both men.
Is McGregor good enough to beat this version of Poirier at 155-pounds? Can Poirier handle McGregor’s psychological warfare this time around? Will this fight suit McGregor on the feet, or can Poirier use his superior grappling skills to close things out on the ground?
These are just a small number of areas that I will need to think long and hard about before I commit to a prediction. So, as soon as the fight is made, I will be back with a comprehensive betting preview with more odds and some of the best bets for McGregor vs. Poirier 2 from these popular UFC sportsbooks.
That’s it for now. I’ll leave you with McGregor’s Octagon interview following his win over Poirier in 2014. Where does the time go?