Conor McGregor will have made 'smart' 'changes' for UFC 264 trilogy with Poirier as he did before Nate Diaz rematch

CONOR MCGREGOR will have made the appropriate 'changes' to his training in order to KO Dustin Poirier next month.

The Notorious will bid to avenge the brutal second-round stoppage loss he suffered to the American in January a week on Sunday in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.

Debilitating calf kicks and a boxing-heavy approach proved to be McGregor's downfall in his rematch with the former interim lightweight champion.

And The Notorious' SBG team-mate Peter Queally reckons the UFC's poster boy will have learned from his mistakes the same way he did before his 2016 rematch with Nate Diaz.

The Showstopper told SunSport: "My favourite Conor moment, favourite Conor fight, is the second Diaz fight.

"Because I was there for whole camp and I saw all the adjustments he made and his whole fight IQ and how smart he is.

"All these different things that he did in that camp to totally change [the outcome of the fight].

"That fight was not a fight he should've won, really, when you think about how the first one went.


"But he went on and completely turned things around and beat Diaz very convincingly.

"Conor is too smart. He'll get this camp right, he'll change a few things and I think he'll win quite easily. I think he'll KO Dustin."

McGregor, 32, started his Abu Dhabi rematch with Poirier well but eventually succumbed to the crippling effects of the expertly-placed calf kicks.

Queally was impressed by Poirier's career-best victory but believes Ireland's first UFC champion is still a cut above The Diamond.

The Bellator featherweight said: "I think Conor is the better fighter.

"I think Dustin – credit to Dustin in that one. I didn't expect that.

"In all honestly, in the second fight, I thought this was such an easy match-up for Conor.

"I just think that is not how you beat Conor. The Dustin style, that kind of blood and guts style of all-out of attack, is not how you beat Conor McGregor.

"I can tell you that from sparring. So it was a shock it was successful [in the rematch] So fair play to him."

"But I still think Conor, overall, is a much better fighter. And he's a very clever fighter as well."

McGregor, who boasts a record of 22 victories and five defeats, is relishing his Sin City series decider with the pride of Louisiana and plans to get back into the win column in emphatic fashion.

The UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion recently told Fox Sports: “I’m in great condition already.

"I beat him in the original bout [in 2014]. I lost in the rematch.

“And then we’ve got trilogy, I’ve got a few little adjustments to make.

“I feel very, very confident. I’m very focused and driven.

“And I’ll go in there and put on one hell of a performance and get it back on July 10.”

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