UFC tips: Our trader’s punchy 5/1 play for Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier

Our MMA trader Luke Bolger is backing the Notorious one to claim the win in the trilogy at UFC 264 bout.

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05:30 Sunday – Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier: McGregor To Win By KO/TKO In Round 1

I’m really, really looking forward to this fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in the early hours of Sunday morning. I’m expecting it to be an absolutely brilliant bout at the T-Mobile Arena. McGregor was a very heavy favourite when these two met the last time in January, but now things have changed for the trilogy fight this time around.

McGregor also opened as the frontrunner in the betting for this fight, however Poirier has wrestled that from him and is currently slight favourite to take this as money has poured in for the American. The Dubliner will hope to get his business done early, as he has been known throughout his career for having a very questionable gas tank.

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Nowadays, MMA pndits say that McGregor needs to finish his opponents inside the first two rounds if he is to have any chance of winning. After that time frame, he tends to slow down as seen in the first Nate Diaz fight and his last outing against The Diamond. Being a main event, this bout is set to be a five-round affair and McGregor knows he needs to start with a bang to get the job done in Las Vegas. The former dual weight champion really could be in trouble if he doesn’t get the durable Poirier out of their before Round 3 starts.

But, I don’t believe this fight will go all the way to the end of the fifth round. I’m predicting three five-minute periods is the very most we’ll see before we have a winner. After getting his leg battered with calf kicks in the last meeting of these two, I’d expect Conor McGregor to keep his distance better on Sunday morning. I’m sticking with McGregor to come out on top here, as I reckon he will have learned his lesson from that defeat earlier in the year and I also fancy him to get it done via KO/TKO in the opening round.

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