Irish MMA sensation Conor McGregor (#12) has been as flashy as any other mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history, and he’s scored some of the most monstrous KOs to match his words.
What a better time and better opponent than Dustin Poirier (#6), who vows to derail McGregor at UFC 178.
McGregor stopped Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night: Dublin. Poirier also holds a knockout victory over Brandao, just 49 seconds longer than McGregor's first round finish in their contest.
Poirier is on an impressive three-fight win streak, while Conor McGregor has been on a stifling 11 fight unbeaten tear, three in the UFC.
On paper, McGregor is the better man. The Irishman is exalted around MMA circles, and is a scary puncher.
In reality, he's a huge question mark. How will he fare against one of the finest grapplers and submission specialists in the UFC, who also has many knockouts under his name, and has won his last two in that fashion.
This is an even fight, and a sizzling hot one to put under UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' championship rematch against Alexander Gustafsson.
All of the furor rides with Conor McGregor heading into UFC 178, but Poirier might have everything aligned perfectly, to score one of the best upsets of 2014.