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Dustin Poirier capable of causing stunning upset against Conor McGregor in UFC 257 rematch, Dana White insists


DUSTIN POIRIER is more than capable of shocking the world and beating Conor McGregor, according to UFC supremo Dana White.

The former interim lightweight champion will rematch his old featherweight rival a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.

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Dana White insist Dustin Poirier can shock the world and beat Conor McGregorCredit: Getty

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Dustin Poirier will rematch Conor McGregor a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257Credit: GETTY

Poirier suffered a devastating first-round KO loss to McGregor six years ago at UFC 178, but White is adamant he can get the better of the Irishman second time around.

He told MMA Junkie: “I just saw a thing with Poirier yesterday where Poirier is like, ‘Let me tell you what.

“‘If you think that I’m the same guy that fought Conor last time, you’re out of your mind. You’re going to see a war.’ I believe every word of it.”

White believes the match-up has come at the perfect time for both men, who are on significantly better terms than they were ahead of their first meeting.

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He added: “This is the right fight at the right time for both of these guys and I think it’s going to be fun.”

Fan favourite Poirier is relishing his opportunity to settle the score with The Notorious, recently saying: “I didn’t even get to fight [the first time].

“The fight hadn’t even blossomed — but that’s fighting. Anything can happen under those lights.

“If you’re talking about game planning, what I want for us to both be dripping blood and hurting and suffering early in the fight.

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“Then we can find out who’s a real fighter. That’s what I want. I want to be bleeding with a minute off the first round clock.

He added: “I want both of us to be bleeding and really have to dig down and see who’s the better fighter. See who really wants to be in there.

“Because I don’t have a safety net. I want to be in there, and I know that, and I’d like to find out if he does. And that’s uncomfortable.

“I’m not looking forward to getting busted open but if we can get to that point where both of us are tired and bleeding, then we can see who has more grit and more want, and I think I win that fight ten out of ten times.”

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