“He just probably didn’t give Dustin the respect he deserved,” Artem Lobov thinks Conor McGregor underestimated Dustin Poirier in their rematch

Artem Lobov thinks Conor McGregor was not concerned about Dustin Poirier in their second fight, and he underestimated him but now he is well prepared for him and will get the victory.

Conor McGregor with Artem Lobov
Conor McGregor with Artem Lobov

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns to the cage for the second time this year to face “The Diamond” Dustin Poirier in a trilogy match set to headline the main event of UFC 264.

Conor and Dustin are 1-1 against each other, and this trilogy match will be more than important for both of them, Conor knocked Dustin out the first time they meet, and Dustin did the same in the rematch. Conor is really motivated for this fight and one of his closest training partners Artem Lobov thinks Conor is much more prepared than the last time.

Lobov told BJPenn.com, “To be honest, it wasn’t like he wasn’t fully focused or anything, he just probably didn’t give Dustin the respect he deserved. He was more thinking about boxing Manny (Pacquiao) after the fight and was getting ready for that as Conor saw that as the challenge and Dustin was just going to be a warmup fight. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way. Dustin did his homework and improved a lot.”

Artem dismissed the possibility of Conor McGregor leaving coach Kavanagh

Conor McGregor with Coach Kavanagh
Conor McGregor with Coach Kavanagh

After the fight many people believed that Conor needs a change, and he needs to ditch his current team and look for a better coach, Lobov totally dismissed the idea, and said, “Hold on, you mean leave the coach that helped him become the first ever two-weight world champion? You mean that coach? The coach that helped him achieve something that nobody has achieved before. Is that the coach you want him to leave? Come on now….”

He added, “We all talked about this. Sometimes Conor maybe wasn’t committed, wasn’t training as hard as he should have. We know what the issues are. It has nothing to do with the coaches. Now, he’s committed again, he’s training all the time, and he’s with the right people.”

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