“I think you can go to a sports psychologist for the rest of your life and talk to this person and that person. It won’t be erased from his heart,” Cabana said. I recently told The MacLife.. “I know he’s facing someone who can turn off the lights very quickly. Now that he’s far more powerful and experienced than ever before, it’s a difficult and difficult battle for Dustin. . “
McGregor’s longtime head coach, Cabana, was in charge of preparing Poirier in 2014 and is once again on the challenge ahead of the January 23 pay-per-view headliner in Abu Dhabi. Of course, there are a lot of changes in both fighters provisionally, which makes the rematch very interesting.
Kavanagh knows that he can’t easily prepare for the same fighter he’s faced before, but finds it difficult to overcome his mental advantage.
“I think (Poirier) has definitely improved,” said Cabana. “In his fight, there are some more removal attempts. I haven’t seen it before-he has a good guillotine. We can see it. Then his volume and his conditioning are looking at the points. You can see him get a lot of punishment in his fight and still have the ability to move forward. Check its quality To choose one of the last few fights, but he’s fighting an animal different from those guys. Someone with the true one-punch knockout power he already feels. . “
Of course, there is a need for discussion about things that could be in the favor of Poirier. After all, he was physically exhausted on his first encounter, fought in the featherweight division, and it is generally accepted that “Diamond” will be able to handle McGregor’s power a bit better at £ 155.
Poirier also added a little more cage time to his arsenal, and has since taken 13 steps to the octagon, in contrast to McGregor’s eight steps.
Kavanagh acknowledges these factors, but believes that McGregor’s first domination also speaks a lot about how the rematch will take place.
“It was a bad night for Dustin,” Cabana said. “It was very one-sided. Looking at some of the shots he absorbed, he’s now a bigger guy. There may be an argument that he can absorb more shots now. Maybe he’s fighting a bigger guy. Good. Fighting, remembering the opening hook kick, it just whistled in his head. A few inches lower, it was better than Aldo’s fight. maybe.
“See, both are physically mature. In terms of age, they are now in their thirties and have a family. Dustin has since held several more contests in octagons than Connor. I’ve never stopped training, and obviously I’ve played boxing matches and other things, so it’s interesting to see how this style meets. “
– MMA Sports
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