Conor McGregor warned Dustin Poirier is 'dramatically different' as UFC 257 rematch on Fight Island draws near
CONOR MCGREGOR will be facing a "dramatically different" Dustin Poirier later this month.
The former two-division champion will lock horns with his old featherweight rival on January 23 in the main event of UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
McGregor made light work of Poirier in their first meeting six years ago at UFC 178, knocking him out in just under two minutes.
Poirier has come on leaps and bounds since that loss, winning ten of his last 13 fights and claiming the interim lightweight title.
And The Diamond's head coach, American Top Team's Mike Brown, reckons he's a different animal going into his Abu Dhabi showdown with The Notorious.
He told MMA Junkie: “I think he’s dramatically different.
“A lot has changed. I think he’s a lot more durable at 155, killing yourself to make the weight is never the answer and I think that’s shown.
“And he’s improved in many places, but there’s only one way to find out and one way to show, and that’s putting him in there and seeing what happens.”
Brown has also seen improvements in McGregor but reckons the Irishman's weaknesses have come to light.
He added: “When they fought the first time there were a lot of questions about Conor.
“At that point in his career, that was his biggest win, his biggest test was Dustin. And he did well – he fought a good fight and landed a good shot.
“But so much has happened since, we got to learn so much about Conor.
"Both guys have been tested in many ways and have shown a lot of different things – strength and weaknesses since then.
"Now it’s time to train, prepare, and see what we can come up with.”
Despite the devastating nature of his loss to Ireland's first UFC champ, Poirier insists revenge is not at the forefront of his mind.
He told MMA Junkie: "This is a completely different fight. We’re both completely different fighters, and I’m not really looking back at that first fight.
“I was emotional in the first one. I wanted to hurt the guy. This time I just want to outsmart him, just want to beat him. This is business. This isn’t any ill will towards the guy.
“When I was younger, I used to fight with a lot of emotion. This isn’t the same thing for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge type of thing for me.
"This is about moving my career forward, about putting my family in a better spot. It’s not trying to get back a guy who got me. This is just business.”
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