Conor McGregor’s coach claims the Irishman is levels above Dustin Poirier in terms of skill and says he will have ‘too much boxing quality’ for the American in his comeback fight at UFC 257 ‘Fight Island’ next month
- Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon next month to face Dustin Poirier
- Irishman’s boxing coach claims he is levels above the American in terms of skill
- Phil Sutcliffe says McGregor will have ‘too much boxing quality’ at UFC 257
Conor McGregor’s boxing coach claims the Irishman is levels above Dustin Poirier in terms of skill and will have ‘too much quality’ for the American in his comeback fight next month.
The 32-year-old will return from retirement next month to take on Poirier in a rematch in UFC 257 ‘Fight Island’ on January 23 after a year away from the Octagon.
Crumlin Boxing Club coach Phil Sutcliffe has been coaching McGregor since he was 10 years old, and the pair have reunited again ahead of his upcoming bout with the American.
Conor McGregor will have ‘too much boxing quality’ for Dustin Poirier, says Irishman’s coach
McGregor will return to the Octagon to face Poirier at UFC 257 ‘Fight Island’ next month
McGregor took just one minute and 46 seconds to beat Poirier in UFC 178 back in September 2014. The coach said while the fight could be a little different this time, McGregor is levels above his opponent in terms of skill.
When asked if he was impressed by Poirier, Sutcliffe told The MacLife: ‘Skill-wise, no. Toughness, yes. I know Conor knocked him early, but Conor’s (got) too much boxing ability. Poirier comes straight at you, his arms are wide open. His arms are like this (opens arms wide).
‘Conor will be able to get his shots or his kicks or anything in there like he did the last time. Now hopefully he’s more powerful now than he was – Conor’s more powerful now and so will the other guy be a little more powerful because he’s had to put on a bit of weight.
The pair fight again after McGregor beat the American in under two minutes at UFC 178 in 2014
‘But Conor’s skill’s percentage towards Poirier’s skill percentage is much bigger. Not saying it’s going to be an easy fight, but Conor has the skill and the strength now.
‘He’s stronger now than he was the last time he fought hits. Conor hits very, very hard, but precise with technique. He hits with precision.’
Another of McGregor’s coaches, John Kavanagh, suggested UFC president White may be using the McGregor-Poirier fight to entice Khabib Nurmagomedov back to MMA, after the Russian retired earlier this year following his win over Justin Gaethje.
Kavanagh told The MacLife: ‘Conor is a world champion… I don’t really get why this one isn’t for the title if I’m being 100% honest.
Boxing coach Phil Sutcliffe says McGregor (pictured) will have ‘too much boxing quality’
‘Maybe it’s Dana- “this is a little carrot towards Khabib?” I don’t know. I notice those type of games going on and I don’t involve myself in it.’
‘This (UFC 257) to me feels like it’s for the belt, but I guess at the very least the winner of this will be offered a title fight. But who would that be against? It’s a bit of a strange scene we have in front of us, which makes it interesting.’