With most bouts, UFC president Dana White stands on the dais or in entrance of a financial institution of cameras and microphones and sells the combat that’s developing, the one on Saturday that you may’t afford to overlook. He loves the combat, White will let you know, and the fellows hate one another.
How can it presumably miss?
Ever been in a automobile dealership when the salesperson has handed you off to one of many managers, who’s furiously scribbling numbers on a paper and speaking quicker than Usain Bolt runs? Nicely, more often than not that’s what White is like when he’s pitching his present. He’s making an attempt to seal the deal.
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However that’s not the case at any time when Conor McGregor fights, as he’ll on Saturday at Etihad Area in Abu Dhabi when he takes on Dustin Poirier in the primary occasion of UFC 257. McGregor is the one one that sells the upcoming combat higher than White, so White is already on to the subsequent one.
He’s spending his time now engaged on what’s subsequent for the winner, and why it is smart that champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ought to finish his retirement to combat the winner.
If McGregor wins, and he’s higher than a 3-1 favourite at BetMGM to take action, a rematch with Nurmagomedov would loom giant over the panorama.
That’s the one White is promoting now, as a lot to Nurmagomedov as to the bout’s potential prospects. Nurmagomedov announced his retirement in the cage on Oct. 24 after defeating Justin Gaethje, at UFC 254, and repeated it unequivocally again Wednesday in an interview in Russian with the YouTube channel Sport24ru.
When Henry Cejudo surprisingly retired in the cage following his victory over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in Could, he was faraway from the UFC’s web site and the title was listed as vacant by the next Monday. However three months since Nurmagomedov’s announcement, he’s nonetheless listed as UFC’s light-weight champion and sits atop its pound-for-pound rankings.
As McGregor vows to complete Poirier in 60 seconds and to supply “a masterpiece” of their rematch, White’s engaged on the subsequent mega-event.
However it’s no fait accompli that McGregor dusts Poirier like he did with a couple of shoulders to Donald Cerrone’s chin in 40 seconds a year ago and begins the drumbeat for a Nurmagomedov rematch.
If it isn’t overshadowed by the co-main occasion between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, which is a type of uncommon bouts tagged as a possible Combat of the Yr contest earlier than it happens, McGregor-Poirier figures to have a number of of what White likes to name “holy crap moments” in the course of the bout.
McGregor knocked Poirier out in 2014 in a featherweight bout, and it didn’t look like it took an excessive amount of effort to get it completed. Poirier himself said he bought into McGregor’s mind games and wasn’t himself when the bell rung.
But when McGregor blows via Poirier this time, it’s not going to be as a result of Poirier melted and couldn’t meet the second. Former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who shall be working the published on Saturday, famous that McGregor appears targeted and it will likely be incumbent upon Poirier to have the ability to increase his sport.
And Cormier mentioned that in a wierd manner, Poirier getting knocked out in lower than two minutes could wind up working to his benefit.
“Dustin Poirier, you marvel if the experiences he’s had since that first combat have ready him for taking that problem on once more,” Cormier mentioned. “It’s a really troublesome combat to name as a result of there are such a lot of unknowns as a result of for pretty much as good as we all know Dustin Poirier has gotten, has he closed the hole? Now, there are some psychological issues that Dustin can depend on to permit him to really feel extra propped up.
“He obtained knocked out. He didn’t get beat over an prolonged time period. … You’ll be able to name again on that, like, ‘Hey, I obtained caught with a shot. I don’t now what would have occurred over the course of 15 minutes.’”
UFC light-weight Paul Felder, additionally part of Saturday’s broadcast crew, believes the combat will come right down to psychological state.
McGregor was relaxed and jovial at Thursday’s post-fight information convention and appears extra motivated than he’s been since going into his title combat with Eddie Alvarez in 2016.
Poirier has needed to reply all the questions on his defeat in 2014, and has repeatedly dismissed them with out a lot of a priority. He’s, he’s mentioned time and again, a distinct fighter.
Felder mentioned the psychological state of the 2 fighters may have a big affect upon the end result.
“At that degree, foremost occasion standing, guys have held the belt, fought for the belt, [so it proves] you’re good,” Felder mentioned. “Your abilities are there. What units you aside at that time, on the tippy prime of those divisions, is your psychological fortitude, your toughness, your sturdiness.
“And we’ve seen Poirier present his coronary heart just lately, actually put it on show in his fights. Conor, we are saying the way in which he’s speaking, the way in which he’s coaching. He seems to be in the very best form of his life. For him with making that cash and his success, he needs to return again and nonetheless combat. That exhibits the place he’s at mentally.”
It’s nearly as if Poirier has heard all of the questions and gotten sick of them. He’s a person with some extent to make.
He mentioned is not involved with the ideas or expectations of these exterior of his internal circle.
“Each combat, I’ve a chip on my shoulder,” he mentioned. “I’m making an attempt to show one thing. All of this work I’ve put in, I”m making an attempt to make it repay. I’m making an attempt to place my household in a greater place.”
The combat will actually be on when — or if — the bell rings to sound the beginning of the second spherical. And that’s the purpose that grabs White, and brings him again from goals of one other Nurmagomedov combat into anticipating what could occur on Saturday.
“This combat,” White mentioned, “goes to cra-zy! It’s going to be sick. I can’t wait.”
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