Ahead of his upcoming UFC 269 lightweight title challenger opposite Charles Oliveira, the #1 ranked former interim champion, Dustin Poirier has confirmed that beyond doubt, three-time opponent, former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor is the “biggest puncher” he has shared the Octagon with.
Lafayette favorite, Poirier is slated to take headlining honors at UFC 269 on December 11. when he challenges Sao Paulo submission specialist, Oliveira for the undisputed lightweight title — taking honors as part of a title tripleheader, that includes a bantamweight title affair between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena, as well as a flyweight trilogy between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo.
For Poirier, the American Top Team staple looks to cap off a memorable 2021 for himself with a championship-clinching effort against Oliveira, off the back of a pair of stoppage victories over rival, McGregor in a January rematch, and subsequent July rubber match.
Headlining UFC 257 in January on ‘Fight Island’, Poirier exorcised September 2014 featherweight demons against the Dubliner, becoming the first to finish McGregor with strikes in professional mixed martial arts in the form of a stunning second round knockout at the Octagon fence.
Immediately outlining his intentions akin to McGregor to settle their differences in a third bout, the pair were booked to headline UFC 264 in the summer.
Taking bragging rights over the Straight Blast Gym mainstay, albeit in a rivalry that still seems alive and kicking, Poirier emerged victorious with a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO win after McGregor suffered a fracture to his left tibia at the end of the first frame.
Speaking during an appearance on The Vault — Poirier insisted that McGregor was the heaviest hitter he has shared the Octagon with, without any doubt.
Dustin says Conor McGregor is the hardest puncher he has ever faced… 🙏 pic.twitter.com/K0wO6aBSw3— ☘️🇮🇪 McGregor’s Burner – Fan (@McGregorsBurner) October 8, 2021
“Conor McGregor, no doubt about it,” Poirier replied when asked by interviewer, Patrick Belt-David. “As the biggest puncher, I fought? Yep, yes. He’s special. (A) special individual for sure.”
Poirier has only twice suffered knockout defeats across his professional career; a September 2016 stoppage against Michael Johnson as well as the aforenoted September 2014 knockout loss to McGregor — which came as the first time Poirier had been finished with strikes in his professional career.
The 33-year-old’s claims are quite interesting, given the competition he has shared the Octagon with in his career, including most notably upcoming UFC 268 feature, fellow former interim lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje — who has stopped 19 opponents with strikes, including a recent four-fight streak which saw him finish Tony Ferguson, Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza, and James Vick.
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