Henry Cejudo expects Dustin Poirier to win his trilogy against Conor McGregor 2-1.
Poirier and McGregor first met in 2014 where the Irishman won by first-round TKO. Seven years later they had their rematch at UFC 257 in January but this time it was “The Diamond” who scored a second-round TKO.
Now, Poirier and McGregor will have their trilogy match in the main event of UFC 264. It’s an intriguing matchup with many torn on who will win but for Cejudo, he believes it will be Poirier winning again.
“It’s not going to go good for Conor in my eyes,” Cejudo said on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast. “I think it’s going to go the same way. Poirier is going to stop him again because he lost his groove. His icebox got wet, like that Chris Brown song. That was a part of the swagger, when you lose that, you can come back to it, but it’s not the same for the other person.
“It may be the same to you, but it’s not going to be the same for the opponent,” Cejudo continued. “I think they’ll fight the third round, but Poirier is going to stop him again. I don’t know how. It might be the kicks again or might be (the) hands.”
If Poirier does finish McGregor again as Cejudo says it would be huge for him. He would become a big star by beating and stopping McGregor in back-to-back fights. He would also get a title shot against Charles Oliveira next time out as he would search for the chance to finally become an undisputed UFC lightweight champ.
Poirier enters the UFC 264 main event coming off the TKO win over McGregor. Prior to that, he got back into the win column with a decision victory over Dan Hooker after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the belt.