UFC superstar Conor McGregor is feeling so strong ahead of UFC 257 that the 32-year-old Irishman declared he’d “absolutely destroy” himself in a fight if such a thing were possible. McGregor posted those thoughts via social media on Friday. The fighter compared himself today vs. two past versions of McGregor, including the one that stopped Donald Cerrone last year at UFC 246 and the one that became the first-ever UFC “champ champ” against Eddie Alvarez back in 2016.
McGregor posted, “Cerrone McGregor Vs Alvarez McGregor. I’d destroy both these versions of myself. And Together. And I’m not messing. Absolutely demolish them both. 16 days!”
So it would seem McGregor believes he could defeat both past versions of himself in separate prizefights and that he could also do the same thing fighting both McGregors at the same time.
Conor McGregor sizing up Conor McGregor. pic.twitter.com/OXCvo5XVlX
— Kelsey McCarson (@kelsey_mccarson) January 8, 2021
Obviously, that kind of fight could never happen in real life, outside of the theoretical time loops depicted in CW’s “The Flash” or the multiverse theory used in the 2018 animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, but it still seems like one of the boldest “Mystic Mac” predictions yet.
UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2
McGregor takes on Poirier in an important lightweight battle at UFC 257 on January 23. While the world waits to see whether UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov truly remains retired, the winner of UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 will be in the top position to fight for the 155-pound title however that plays out.
McGregor defeated Poirier in less than two minutes when the two stalwarts met in a featherweight contest back in 2014, but both fighters believe they have what it takes to win the rematch.
2014 is a distant memory and @DustinPoirier is ready to prove it 💎
— UFC (@ufc) January 8, 2021
UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 takes place on January 23 in Abu Dhabi. The fight will be streamed live on pay-per-view in the U.S. via ESPN+, and fans will be in attendance for the first time at a UFC fight since the global pandemic hit during 2020.
UFC 257 features another important 155-pound fight in the co-main event slot. UFC contender Dan Hooker will be the one to welcome 3-time Bellator champion Michael Chandler to the promotion for his first UFC fight, and the winner of that contest will also be positioned closer to a title fight.
‘The Diamond’ Is Already On His Way
On Friday, Poirier announced via Twitter that he had completed his preparations for the fight and that the “The Diamond” was now on his way to Abu Dhabi.
Poirier posted, “Camp is complete! Thanks to @Everlast_ for everything! Thanks to all my training partners and coaches. The journey of traveling to the desert starts tomorrow!”
Camp is complete! Thanks to @Everlast_ for everything! Thanks to all my training partners and coaches 🙏 The journey of traveling to the desert starts tomorrow!#PaidInFull #ElDiamante #godspeed pic.twitter.com/v3hPAimVY2
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 8, 2021
The 31-year-old American believes he has a great chance to pull the upset over McGregor. Poirier recently told BT Sport, “Overall I’ve evolved a lot as a fighter, part of that is the mental side of fighting!”
"Overall I've evolved a lot as a fighter, part of that is the mental side of fighting!"
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) January 6, 2021
So both fighters are locked and loaded for their big main event battle on Fight Island.
It’s the first UFC pay-per-view event of 2021, and it’s expected to be one of the top-selling fight cards of the year.
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