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Conor McGregor told what happens if he loses to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257


Conor McGregor has been backed to carry on fighting even if he loses to Dustin Poirier tonight.

The former two-weight world champion returns to the cage for the first time in 12 months at UFC 257.

He last fought when he stopped Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds but was forced into a year-long lay-off by a combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a row with UFC president Dana White.

But McGregor agreed late last year to return against Poirier whom he KO’d inside two minutes in 2014.

He is the odds-on favourite to repeat that result in Abu Dhabi – but White insists all will not be lost if Poirier avenges his defeat.

“It happens. It’s part of the sport.. nothing happens,” he told TMZ .




“If he loses he goes back to the drawing board and comes back and fights another day.”

McGregor is confident he can stop Poirier inside 60 seconds – and that could be enough to secure a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor was choked out by the lightweight champion in 2018 and is desperate to avenge the loss.

Nurmagomedov announced his retirement last year following his win over Justin Gaethje, but has said he could return if he is impressed by either McGregor or Poirier.

The latter also has a defeat by the Dagestani on his record having been submitted in the third round in 2019.


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And White, who will hold further talks with Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas next week, has not ruled out a second shot at the champion for Poirier.

“I’m sure Poirier would like a rematch with Khabib, too,” he added.

“Charles Oliveira just came off an incredible win over Tony Ferguson… you got Poirier and McGregor fighting on Saturday and the co-main event is No. 6-ranked Dan Hooker versus Michael Chandler, who is making his debut in the UFC.

“This guy has been fighting everywhere outside of the UFC and is one of the all-time greats in the division.

“He wants to prove himself now here in the UFC. So any one of these guys can end up fighting Khabib.”





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