“He’s got to get back into moving like a karate guy,” Stephen Thompson advises Conor McGregor to change his fighting style to win at UFC 264

Stephen Thompson believes Conor McGregor can win the trilogy against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 if he makes the necessary adjustments.

Stephen Thompson, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
Stephen Thompson, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier

The biggest superstar in UFC, former two-division champion, Conor McGregor is going to meet the number 1st ranked Lightweight fighter, Dustin Poirier in a trilogy at the main event of UFC 264.

McGregor just needed one round to win their first faceoff but Poirier won the second one by chopping away Conor McGregor’s legs and knocked him out in the second round of the fight.

A lot of people are advising McGregor to change a lot of things for winning the trilogy. The number 5th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Stephen Thompson who is fighting Gilbert Burns in the co-main event of UFC 264 also shares a piece of advice for ‘The Notorious to win this one.

Thompson says, “I think the person that has to do more changing of the fighters is definitely Conor, 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.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Stephen Thompson added, “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.”

Stephen Thompson believes Conor McGregor can win this one if he has addressed previous issues

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
McGregor and Poirier

Conor McGregor faced a loss against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 just before six months and many people believe six months isn’t enough to make the necessary adjustments but Stephen Thompson believes if he would have trained properly this win is going to be on his card.

Thompson says, “For a lifelong martial artist such as Conor McGregor, I think it should be fairly easy for him. I think he can get back to that fairly easy. And as long as he’s been doing that directly after the fight.”

“After his last fight, he should have gone back to the gym and started working on it. I mean, he knew then they’re going to have a rematch. He’s won one; Poirier has won one.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

He concluded, “It’s bound to happen. It’s meant to be, have a third fight. So, hopefully he’s doing that, and hopefully he’s got good coaches to get him back, making him do that movement. So, I don’t think it should be that hard for him.”

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