It was only a short time ago that Conor McGregor won his third straight UFC fight by knocking out Diego Brandao. Now McGregor already has his next UFC challenge lined up in No. 6-ranked UFC featherweight fighter Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 in September. This is sound matchmaking for McGregor’s next outing, and it will be a tremendous test to see how far McGregor will go.
Poirier is currently riding a three-fight winning streak at featherweight since his loss to No. 3-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson. He is 8-2 at featherweight in the UFC. The American Top Team fighter has a lot of attributes that could potentially pose a problem to McGregor. In the UFC, McGregor has yet to really fight a grappler as strong as Poirier. Poirier has finished 13 of his 16 career wins (seven by knockout; six by submission), showing that he is also a threat with his knockout power standing up.
What makes this such an interesting match-up though, are Poirier’s striking skills. McGregor looks like more of a threat on the feet than Poirier. However, Poirier has shown great improvement in his striking skills since he moved to American Top Team. He knocked out his last two opponents in the Octagon: Akira Corassani; and Brandao, whom McGregor just beat on July 19.
McGregor may be getting a lot of hype, but the it-factor the man brings to the table is undeniable. Going forward, Poirier is a suitable step up for McGregor. For Poirier, it is a chance to put his money where his mouth is and put away a big UFC prospect. The fight will undeniably give him more attention than he has ever had in his UFC career to date–especially if the fight makes the main UFC 178 PPV card. Hopefully, no one gets injured before this exciting bout.