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Midnight Mania! Stephen Thompson: Conor McGregor must fight ‘like a karate guy’ to beat Dustin Poirier

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UFC 264 is fast-approaching. The pay-per-view event is scheduled for July 10, 2021 and headlined by the rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. As the two have split their previous pair of bouts, there’s plenty of film to review and lots of lessons to be learned.

Of course, with McGregor tasting defeat far more recently, the onus is on “The Notorious” to make the largest adjustments. Per top Welterweight contender and Karate Kid Stephen Thompson, the most important key is that McGregor returns to his traditional martial arts roots and move “like a Karate guy.”

“I think the person that has to do more changing of the fighters is definitely Conor,” Thompson told Submission Radio (via MMAJunkie). “I mean, Dustin Poirier has been fighting pretty much the same way for the longest time. He’s got great boxing, good timing, he’s tough as nails, he likes to sit in the pocket, and he’s intelligent. I think he (Conor) kind of lost something in his last fight. I think it was all the boxing that he was doing. He doesn’t have that movement anymore that you normally saw. Like when he fought Jose Aldo, it was the movement that won him that fight. And he was kind of standing there in front of Dustin Poirier, and he took a lot of low calf kicks, and that’s what settled it, sealed the deal.

“So, he’s got to get back into moving like a karate guy. He’s got to get back into getting on his bike, using that in-and-out movement, switching sides, playing that game if he’s going to go out there and beat him again. Because he can draw out Dustin Poirier’s strikes with his movement. And him being such a good counter puncher, (he) can counter off of that. So out of the two, Conor’s got to get back to that. So, don’t know how hard that is and how long he’s been doing the boxing stuff, but he’s got to get out of that and get back to his movement. If he can do that, Conor can win.”

Karate Conor vs. Boxer Conor was a popular meme after McGregor’s loss, but it’s just been verified by one of the sport’s best strikers! It remains to be seen what adjustments McGregor will make ahead of this battle, nor can we count out Poirier pulling another trick from up his sleeves.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to T-Mobile Arena with a pair of thrilling world championship bouts. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 29 coaches collide when Featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, defends his title against No. 2-ranked contender, Brian Ortega. UFC 266’s co-main event will see women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko go for her sixth consecutive title defense when she meets No. 3-seeded contender, Lauren Murphy. Last, and certainly not least, Nick Diaz returns against former Welterweight roost ruler, Robbie Lawler, in a five-round banger.

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