Conor McGregor has vanquished numerous notable opponents throughout his fighting career, but he doesn’t count his win over Dustin Poirier as one of his most challenging.
The two are set to fight for a third time when they meet in a lightweight bout at UFC 264 on July 10, with each man having scored a victory in the series. It was McGregor who struck first blood, defeating Poirier seven years ago at UFC 178 by first-round TKO. In their rematch at 155 pounds this past January, it was Poirier who closed out UFC 257 with a second-round TKO of McGregor.
On Sunday night, McGregor participated in a Twitter Q&A and when a fan asked for his “easiest opponent ever,” McGregor answered, “Dustin 1.
The win over Poirier came in the midst of a 7-0 start to McGregor’s career that culminated in a 13-second KO of Jose Aldo that made McGregor the undisputed UFC featherweight champion. He would later add the lightweight title to his collection by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
Poirier has also worn UFC gold, having beaten Max Holloway in an interim lightweight championship bout. His trilogy bout with McGregor will likely produce the No. 1 contender for the Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler vacant lightweight championship bout that goes down this Saturday at UFC 262.
McGregor, who has fought just three times in MMA since 2016, added that he plans to fight at least two more times in 2021 (he did not specify whether this could include a boxing bout or not) and that he will likely compete again at welterweight in the future.