Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, preview, the best way to watch, stream, begin time in Australia

For a very long time Conor McGregor was the perfect salesman in sport.

And actually, he would possibly nonetheless be.

However his product — a fast-talking Irishman with a left hand that’ll put his largest rivals to sleep — is not a certain factor.

It’s what makes his trilogy battle at UFC 264 towards Dustin Poirier possibly crucial of his profession.

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Win, and McGregor can return to claiming he’s the perfect, with one thing that resembles proof, as he’s made present 155-pound champion Charles Oliveira’s subsequent title challenger.

Lose, although, and it turns into obscure what his promoting level truly is, except for being actually wealthy and actually well-known.

The 32-year-old as soon as held two belts on the identical time. And it’s that unimaginable excessive that McGregor has leant on regardless of what’s a reasonably clear-cut dry spell.

McGregor has misplaced two of his final three fights within the UFC courting again to his defeat by the hands of the now-retired Khabib Nurmagomedov. In the event you exclude his 40-second destruction of a past-it Donald Cerrone, we haven’t seen him win inside a cage since November of 2016, when he put a belt over every shoulder after coping with Eddie Alvarez.

There was additionally a code-jump to boxing, the place regardless of placing on an honest displaying, McGregor misplaced to Floyd Mayweather. In-between there have been events, controversies, and the creation of a profitable alcohol firm.

It’s possibly why McGregor, 3-3 over his final six fights, reacted so aggressively to what, in all fact, was an unprofessional query from that bloke in a pink go well with at Friday’s press convention.

“Conor, query for you,” the well-dressed antagonist started. “You may have received precisely one battle since Barack Obama was President….”

McGregor rapidly interrupted: “Shut your mouth. I’ll go down there and smash your nostril in. I’ll go down and smash your nostril in, you little rat, you little rat. Somebody smack him.”

Nerve, hit.

Earlier than he handled Cerrone, McGregor claimed he was again for a “season” of combating. COVID-19 put an finish to that. Towards Poirier, initially of this 12 months, McGregor was all smiles earlier than having it slapped off his face by a fighter who wished what he had. Now, McGregor’s telling us he’s really targeted. For actual, this time.

After claiming he spent “75-80 p.c” of his Poirier camp making ready for a boxing battle towards Manny Pacquiao, McGregor is promising a dialled in model of himself.

“I’m in a vicious mode,” McGregor told BT Sport. “No household round. I’m a foul man with out the fam. And that’s the way in which I’m feeling proper now.”

And that viciousness has been clear for all to see as he’s dragged Poirier’s spouse into the trash discuss in a build-up that has turned ugly rapidly. It’s the form of stuff we turned accustomed to throughout McGregor’s rise. But in addition what we noticed earlier than he was ragdolled by Nurmagomedov.

McGregor remains to be the largest title within the UFC. However he’s a great distance from being the perfect fighter. And he not has a heap of room for error.

“He (McGregor) is aware of the best way to strike with the very best of them, he’s so good at what he does, at his craft,” Rob Whittaker stated of McGregor on Fox Sports activities’ Combat Week.

“Truthfully I believed within the second battle he displayed that (hanging means) as effectively. However I believe … there’s a distinction in mentality. That hungry McGregor may not be the identical. Whether or not the most recent loss towards Poirier modifications that up, we’ll have to attend and see.

“McGregor’s made some huge cash. Again then (the primary battle) he hadn’t finished that. He’s achieved lots of issues now. He’s achieved titles, double titles, huge cash. He’s not the identical McGregor.”

McGregor is the present.

However one other loss on Sunday (AEST), and the present might quickly be over.

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