McGregor suffered his second consecutive loss to Poirier this previous Saturday at UFC 264 when he broke his with leg simply seconds remaining in Spherical 1, which pressured a cease to the combat.
Although the bout was going Poirier’s means, with two judges awarding him a 10-8 spherical, a frustrated McGregor thinks he would have gotten one of the best of “The Diamond” in Spherical 2. McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was free and numerous on the toes early, however as soon as he jumped for a guillotine choke, Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) made him pay on the bottom.
However Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC), who holds finishes over each McGregor and Poirier, thinks issues would have solely gotten worse for McGregor and doesn’t ever see him beating Poirier, even when they combat for a fourth time.
“Judges give (the primary spherical) for Dustin Poirier 10-8, he maul him on this spherical,” Nurmagomedov advised ESPN. “I feel in the event that they combat 100 occasions, Dustin gonna beat him 100 occasions.”
He continued, “If (McGregor) wanna come again, OK, make him combat another time with Dustin Poirier and end this man. That’s it. I feel that is what the UFC is gonna do with him, or possibly he combat vs. Nate (Diaz). However each of them I feel he’s gonna lose.”
Nurmagomedov thinks McGregor, who beat Poirier in September 2014, solely harm himself together with his pre-fight antics of targeting both Poirier and his wife together with his trash speak. The build-up resembled Nurmagomedov’s expertise with McGregor earlier than UFC 229, the place the Irish celebrity used a boisterous, however indignant strategy to try to get beneath his opponent’s pores and skin.
“It appears like similar factor Dustin saying, it’s simply noise,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “He’s not him. I feel it was faux Conor. That’s my opinion as a result of couple months in the past we see how he was good, now he attempt to be like – it appears faux. That’s why this trash speak don’t work on Dustin Poirier. My opinion, it was his large mistake. He lose a lot vitality as a result of he tried to go beneath his pores and skin. Don’t focus in your opponent. Simply give attention to your self.”
McGregor has a long road to recovery forward of him after breaking his leg. Having sustained such a severe damage, Nurmagomedov doubts McGregor will ever be the identical.
“With out damaged legs, sure, however with damaged legs by no means as a result of he’s by no means going to kick the identical,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “With him, no, I don’t consider. Conor have good age, solely 32 … however what occurred together with his thoughts, legs – this man is completed, however he’s good for promotion.”