A pretty big favorite in the fight against Dustin Poirier is Conor McGregor. Most bookmakers hold the odds on his victory between 1.30 and 1.40, while Dustin's victory for those who trust him can triple the investment. So, Poirier met with the status of a rather big outsider.
In a conversation with ESPN's journalist icon, Stephen A. Smith, Dustin immediately encountered a question about this status, which actually means nothing for the fight itself, but reveals something about the expectations of the public and professionals.
"I've been an outsider in so many fights so I'd come out with my hands up. I've been an outsider my whole life. I don't see why I'm an outsider and I don't think I should be, but I feel good. I did my job, I beat the best fighters in the world, and I am the one of those who always find a way to win, ”Dustin said.
Since their first fight, he has been much more active than Conor, and his last fight dates back to July last year, while Conor last fought six months before. Will it have any impact? "It's hard to say because everyone is a different person and a fighter.
It affects someone, not others. But even when he was out of MMA, he still fought." "He boxed and spent time in the gym. 'Ring rust', affects each individual differently and I have no intention of paying attention to it.
What I expect is his best version," he revealed his position.
Last fight between them
They also briefly returned to that first fight, in which McGregor recorded a victory after only one and a half minutes. For Dustin, it was actually a turning point, as immediately after it, he moved into the lightweight category, changed a lot, and reached his current status and the biggest fight of his career, at least according to what it can bring him in the field of finance and reputation.
"I was a young fighter and too emotional. I let anger blind me. I was too worried about what everyone was saying and writing and what he was saying." "Did you see what was going on before that fight, crazy things? He insulted me and my family, and me as a young fighter took it all too personally.
Now I have matured and I know I must not worry about something where I have no control, "he explained, adding what he considers his most important change: "My skills are different today. After six years of success in the toughest division of the sport, it must have happened. But the most important thing is that I have matured as a fighter and as a man."