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UFC 264 – Can Conor McGregor return to winning ways

We are now just a few weeks away from the return of Conor McGregor, who is looking to get back to winning ways, following his defeat to Dustin Poirier back at UFC 257. This saw him beaten in the second round via TKO, which meant the pair are now 1-1 in their two meetings to date. The trilogy is now a fascinating contest and one that certainly divides opinion, with McGregor the marginal favourite heading into the contest and he is also coming in for much support from fans in PA and across the US and the rest of the World. The big question is whether he can return to winning ways, as his only victory in the cage since back in 2016 came against Donald Cerrone in 2020 and in Poirier, he faces without a doubt one of the best in the division and the sport in general.

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Dustin Poirier brings in a record of 27 wins and six defeats, with only one loss in his last nine fights, which further shows the task at hand for McGregor. The only loss of course coming against Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 242. This run of form has seen him pick up victories over Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker and of course the most recent victory over McGregor himself. The 32 year old is now without a doubt one of the pound for pound best in the sport and a victory over McGregor will certainly put him next in line for a shot at the title, with the now retired Khabib also backing him to be a champion in the near future.

For McGregor this is likely to be his last real opportunity to put himself in line for a title shot and a victory here would certainly do that. But many feel that he is now really past his prime and as the current highest paid athlete on the planet, it is also a wonder why he would continue to fight and look to enter the cage against the elite of the sport. McGregor will bring in a record of 22 wins to five losses but has been beaten in three of his last six fights in the UFC, so there is no doubting it would be a huge victory, were he able to pull it off. It now sets up for a fascinating contest between the pair and the winner will set themselves up for a title shot next.

 

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