- Conor McGregor reveals prediction for Dustin Poirier trilogy bout.
- McGregor and Poirier are set to fight for the third time at UFC 264.
- The Irishman is listed as a slight betting favorite at the best UFC betting sites.
Conor McGregor used to be called Mystic Mac because of his uncanny ability to predict how he would finish his opponents. But that now looks like eons ago as McGregor is just 3-3 in his last six bouts and has dropped two out of his last three contests.
Despite, that, the sport’s biggest star is still confident in his next fight, offering a prediction on how he will finish Dustin Poirier in their trilogy bout at UFC 164. Talking via Instagram, the Notorious said:
Front kick to the nose? Really?
Front Kick Knockout
Anderson Silva front kick KO on Vitor Belfort pic.twitter.com/xWmhNfzRZc
— MMA GOD (@The_MMA_God) June 17, 2020
Perhaps the most iconic knockout in the history of the UFC was Anderson Silva’s front kick knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. Back then, Belfort was considered as a fighter who could threaten Silva’s reign as middleweight champion and deal the Spider his first ever loss inside the UFC octagon. But out of nowhere, Silva put Belfort to sleep with a front kick to the face that earned Knockout of the Year honors in 2011.
Unfortunately for Belfort, that wasn’t the only time in his career where he suffered a front kick knockout loss. Great as he was during his legendary UFC career, Belfort suffered another front kick knockout loss, to Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 in 2018. That second front kick knockout sent Belfort to retirement.
— Jon Realejo (@BloodyCanvasJon) May 12, 2020
Machida meanwhile, is the only fighter in the history of the UFC to win two fights via front kick knockout as the Dragon also knocked out Randy Couture in 2011 via front kick knockout.
Knockout of the day UFC 129
Randy Couture vs Lyoto Machidapic.twitter.com/Jk6KxozW6e
— Blue Corner Fighting (@blue_fighting) September 11, 2020
Couture also retired after that front kick knockout loss, giving Machida another distinction of being the only fighter to retire two former UFC champions after a front kick knockout.
So what’s all with this front kick knockout history? While front kicks knockouts are spectacular, they don’t come often and are hard too execute, much more predict.
McGregor Still Favored Despite Losing Rematch
Conor McGregor opens up as a favorite in a potential trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier:
Conor McGregor -140 (5/7)
Dustin Poirier +120 (6/5)
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 24, 2021
Almost immediately after being put to sleep by Poirier in their rematch at UFC 264, the best UFC betting sites put the Irishman as the odds on favorite to win a trilogy fight with the Diamond. Online sportsbook BetOnline was quick to put McGregor at -140 with Poirier coming back at +120. But then again, Conor was a 3 to 1 favorite entering the Octagon at UFC 264 and we know how that ended.
McGregor and Poirier are currently tied 1-1 in their head to head matchup. McGregor knocked out Poirier in their first meeting at UFC 178 in 2014. But he did so with debatable punch that was borderline to the side and back of Poirier’s head. The Diamond won more convincingly, stopping McGregor with a barrage of punches in their rematch last January.
Poirier could have fought for the UFC belt in his next fight. But he chose a trilogy bout against McGregor rather than face Michael Chandler or Charles Oliveira. McGregor donated $500K to Dustin Poirier’s foundation as part of their agreement in the second fight. There won’t be any such donations this time around. McGregor is out to take Poirier’s head or nose off.
Some folks have made nice betting money off McGregor’s previous fight predictions. But if there’s a prop bet for a front kick KO win over Poirier, that might not be a good bet to make. Sure, McGregor is the betting favorite to beat Porier. But if he’s going to win it, it would be with that left hand shot of his. He knows that.