If anyone is aware of a factor or two about each trilogies and rivalries, it’s retired former two-division champion Daniel Cormier. He ended up on the flawed finish of a trilogy in opposition to Stipe Miocic and was concerned in one of the crucial heated feuds in UFC historical past with Jon Jones. As the person who will maintain down commentary duties at UFC 264, it’s solely proper that the fighter-turned-commentator provides his tackle the third battle between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
The suggestion that this can be a must-win scenario for McGregor was shortly swatted away by Cormier throughout a session with reporters following Friday’s weigh-in.
“I need to say it’s a do-or-die on this scenario, however I used to be reminded very lately that’s not as a result of it’s Conor McGregor,” Cormier mentioned. “Even when he loses Saturday and fights one other man and goes and fights Nate Diaz a 3rd time, say he goes and wins a battle in opposition to a man like RDA or one thing, he’s proper again within the title image as a result of he’ll dangle across the title image so long as he’s on this sport.”
McGregor has solely gone 3-3 since departing the UFC featherweight division in 2015 after an astounding run of 7-0 with six knockouts. However it hasn’t essentially damage his star energy as his rubber match with Poirier is nearly sure to be the most important pay-per-view of 2021. Ought to he lose, there are different worthwhile matches to be made. Nevertheless, that’s completely not the route McGregor needs to go.
As an alternative, the Irishman is looking for to get again to his successful methods and it has been steered that his abandonment of the Mr. Good Man function is an effort to change into the McGregor of previous. The trash speak has come quick and livid from McGregor as Poirier has refused to interact in one other disagreement. However Cormier doesn’t assume there’s a lot to McGregor’s antics.
“I truthfully don’t assume (the trash speak) issues that a lot,” Cormier instructed Sporting Information. “I believe that’s one of the crucial overstated issues in the entire build-up to the battle – good Conor vs. offended Conor.”
Cormier’s rivalry with Jon Jones noticed each fighters participate in mudslinging earlier than they met within the Octagon. Though Cormier does consider that thoughts video games can affect a fighter, he believes that none of it will have a bearing on what model of McGregor we’ll see inside the Octagon.
“How a lot completely different is he going to battle?” Cormier continued. “He’s going to battle. When he will get within the Octagon he’s going to battle to the perfect of his talents whether or not he’s mad or whether or not he’s completely happy. I didn’t just like the build-up to the final battle with Conor holding his sizzling sauce and him holding Conor’s liquor.
“That is extra enjoyable but it surely’s finally going to come back all the way down to who is best on the night time. So manufacturing hate, being offended, hating the man or not, it doesn’t matter.”
However Cormier does consider that McGregor finds extra consolation in these moments the place he’s riled up.
“Some folks do higher within the chaos,” he mentioned. “Actual emotion can hinder you. It occurred to me (in opposition to Jones). However for Conor, that is precisely what he needed.”