Daniel Cormier: This is what Dustin Poirier has to do to mentally
Dustin Poirier rematches former champ champ Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23. Their first fight at UFC 178 in 2014 was at featherweight, and ended with “The Notorious” TKOing “The Diamond” at 1:46 of Round 1. In a recent interview with The Mac Life, Conor’s coach John Kavanagh said Poirier has gotten better but argued that he won’t be able to get the beating out of his head.
“I think you could spend a lifetime talking to sports psychologists and talking to this person or that person, that’s not going to be erased from his mind,” said the coach.
Another former champ champ, Daniel Cormier, appeared recently on SCMP MMA’s Post Fight podcast, and didn’t say that Poirier wouldn’t be able get the loss out of his mind, but did say getting his mind right was vital. And DC knows rematches, having beaten Anthony Johnson twice, lost to Jon Jones twice, and lost two of three to current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
“I know a lot about it,” said Cormier. “… I had seven of my 25 fights against three dudes. Any fighter can convince himself that he just got caught. And I think that’s what Dustin is gonna have to rely on to give himself a chance. [It’s] difficult to forget, but you want to remember it and use it to motivate you to do better in the rematch.”
Poirier tells MMA Junkie that his head is in fact in a good place.
“When I was younger, I used to fight with a lot of emotion,” said Poirier. “This isn’t the same thing for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge type of thing for me. This is about moving my career forward, about putting my family in a better spot. It’s not trying to get back a guy who got me. This is just business.”
What do you think UG, can Poirier overcome the now six-year-old memory of losing in 106 seconds?