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Dustin Poirier Confirms Conor McGregor Is The ‘Biggest Puncher’ He’s Fought: ‘There’s No Doubt About It’

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.

“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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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