UFC 257 will be taking place tonight from the ETIHAD Arena in Abu Dhabi. The ’˜Notorious’ Conor McGregor will be facing Dustin Poirier in the main event of the night, with the winner of that bout likely to be included in a Lightweight Title fight next. At this week’s media press day, former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier said that Dustin Poirier has to focus on the ‘mental’ side of the game to defeat McGregor on Saturday night.
Daniel Cormier on Dustin Poirier
“I’ve said this on multiple occasions. the mental aspect of this game for Dustin is probably the biggest factor” Daniel Cormier stated. “Because he has to figure out how to look past what happened the first time. Because all week or for the last month…because it’s Conor McGregor, so the promotion is much longer.”
“People pick it up faster, Dustin has seen himself get knocked out a thousand times” DC continued. “In every promotional , there’s Dustin getting knocked out. Every time Conor speaks, he talks about knocking him out. It’s just a constant reminder, so you’ve got to get over that as an athlete. Sure, you knocked me out the first time, but can you do it again. This game, it’s so important inside the game. Before we get to the fight, how does Dustin prepare himself up top to approach Saturday? It’s fascinating.’
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