Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has spent the past nine months struggling to lay enough track in front of the train to keep the promotion going amidst the craziness of a COVID-centric 2020. So it’s not that much of a surprise that the promotion hasn’t focused too much on the return of Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, 2021.
As UFC President, Dana White, keeps saying every weekend, he’s just trying to get through this year and he’ll figure out all that future stuff later. Well, with UFC 257: “McGregor vs. Poirier 2” just six weeks away, the company has finally put together an official promotional video for the fight, and it’s the latest in a series of absolutely banger hype packages.
The 2.5-minute video starts off by recapping the first meeting between McGregor and Poirier back in Sept. 2014, from the animosity and smack talk to McGregor’s quick first round destruction of Poirier.
Then it shows Poirier’s evolution over the next six years as he completely revamps his striking style to become one of the best fighters in the world at 155 pounds.
“He’s done it all right, congratulations to him,” Poirier says. “But now it’s time to fight again.”
McGregor is 6-2 since facing Poirier, while Poirier is 10-2-1 and undoubtedly a tough test for “The Notorious,” whose sole cage fight since a 2018 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov was against a skidding Donald Cerrone. Not that we can fully blame McGregor for that. He fake-retired from the sport in 2020 after UFC refused to give him a follow up to the “Cowboy” fight, citing his disgust with their unwillingness to work with him.
And he did look phenomenal when he last competed.
All in all, a pretty compelling fight. After watching that trailer, we can’t wait. It’s just another reason to be excited for 2020 to be over.