DUSTIN POIRIER will win his blockbuster trilogy fight with Conor McGregor via third-round KO, his long-time boxing coach Dyah Davis believes.
The former interim lightweight champion will throw down with The Notorious in a rubber match a fortnight on Saturday in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
Poirier, 32, decimated McGregor in their January rematch – crushing his lead leg with brutal calf kicks before putting him away with an avalanche of punches midway through the second round.
And Davis, who helped mastermind the successful game plan along with Mike Brown and Thiago Alves, is expecting a repeat performance in the pair's Sin City series decider.
He told MMA Junkie: "I take this approach as if a lumberjack, we’re in a forest.
“The idea is to chop the tree down from the bottom and that’s exactly what we did. It’s a fight.
"So we look for any weaknesses that we could take advantage of and that was one of them.
"So we capitalized and we moved on from there and ended up finishing him with strikes.”
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He added: “I think it’ll play out similar to the second fight, maybe a little bit longer. I see us executing and getting a KO victory in the third round.”
McGregor's rematch with Poirier marked his long-awaited return to the lightweight division, which he'd been absent from for over two years.
And Davis reckons Poirier's recent activity will benefit him in his third clash with the Irishman.
He said: “Dustin is active, I think that definitely plays to his favor,
“Conor was out of the game two, three years so ring rust can possibly play a factor in it, but listen, you’re a fighter.
"Conor is a fighter first and his job as a fighter is to be in the gym on a constant basis.
"You should be training, you should be sharpening your tools and that’s what Dustin does.
"Even if he doesn’t have a fight scheduled, he’s still in the gym, he’s still training, he’s still doing what he’s supposed to do. He’s still being responsible as a fighter.”
Defeat to Poirier has lit a fire under McGregor, who is hellbent on turning in a career-best performance in his return to Vegas.
The UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion said: "I lost that night, it stung. And I must get that back.
"Now I have an opportunity to get my revenge."
He added: "All the marbles are on the line.
"I'm here training very, very hard. I'm about to go for my second session of the day. 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 10th."
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