Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 broken down by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Eddie Alvarez's coaches ahead of UFC 257

CONOR MCGREGOR is just days away from rematching Dustin Poirier in an eagerly-anticipated lightweight showdown.

The former two-division champion will throw down with his old featherweight rival on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.


The blockbuster bout will be a rematch of the pair's meeting six years ago at UFC 178, which McGregor won in devastating fashion.

Ireland's first UFC titleholder knocked out Poirier in just under two minutes to solidify himself as a genuine featherweight contender.

McGregor has vowed to better his first performance against The Diamond, promising another brutal knockout in just under 60 seconds.

That will be easier said than done, though, as Poirier has come on leaps and bounds since losing to The Notorious, winning ten of his last 13 and claiming the interim lightweight title.

With that in mind, SunSport caught up with two coaches who know a thing or two about preparing for both men, Javier Mendez and Mark Henry.

Mendez, of course, is the coach of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Henry is the long-time trainer of former 155lb king Eddie Alvarez.

Check out there predictions for Poirier vs McGregor II below:

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Javier Mendez

Well, Conor is such a great striker. In my opinion, he's the greatest striker in the history of the lightweight division. He's got precision striking.

I think if Dustin cannot break him and get him tired, I think he's in trouble. I think he's in trouble.

I think Conor is dynamic, explosive. I love watching him.I hate him as a person. But as a fighter, he's unbelievable – he's unbelievable.

Dustin's probably got to go into deep waters with him. Or [he could win] if he can hurt him early.

Anything can happen, but the precision striking and the best striker in all of the lightweight division, to me, is Conor.


Mark Henry

If Conor can knock him out early [he'll win]. If not, I think the edge may go to Dustin.

Dustin came here [to train] too. He helped Frankie [Edgar] for a camp.

He's one of the nicest kids. People still talk about him here. It was years ago when he helped out Frankie.

I think it was for [the] Benson Henderson [fight], it was a long time ago.


He's such a good kid. He would even make creole food for everybody. And everybody still talks about what an amazing guy he is, [including] Frankie's father-in-law.

If you know Dustin, the dude just has no quit in him. And we knew that going in there with Eddie.

I think with Dustin, if there's any fight he wants back it's probably that fight [with McGregor].

Especially with how much better he's got after that fight. I think that if you probably ask him it's that one.

Maybe he seemed a little nervous too in that fight, which I don't think [will happen this time].

I think he's probably going to come out with a different mindset [in] this fight.

But it should be a great fight, I'm excited. I don't know whatever the cost is, [but] I'm going to pay it. But it should be a great fight.

I definitely give it to Dustin as it goes later and I'd give it to Conor as it goes earlier.

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