Colby Covington has predicted that Dustin Poirier will beat Conor McGregor for a second time at UFC 264 this coming weekend in Las Vegas, but he also doesn’t think that is as much of an accomplishment as it once was.
“Yeah, he’ll probably beat Conor again,” said on the ‘What the Heck’ podcast. “But, I mean, what is that saying?
“You’re beating a guy that has no motivation left in the sport. And I love Conor. He’s had a great career, done great things in the sport, but you’re time’s up, too. It’s obvious that you’re not training every day, it’s obvious you’re not working on your craft, it’s obvious you’re working on other business deals to line your pockets and pad your bank account.
“It’s just not the same hungry Conor from a couple of years ago. It’s a different Conor towards the end of his journey and it’s not saying much to beat him anymore.”
There’s certainly less mystique about McGregor these days. After all, he’s been submitted by Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov, TKO’d in the boxing ring by Floyd Mayweather Jr and then also TKO’d by Poirier back in January.
However, the fact that Mayweather remains unbeaten in his sport despite his enormous wealth proves that it is still possible to be rich beyond your wildest dreams and yet still be successful at the highest level in combat sports.
McGregor is still only 32-years-old, so we’ll have to wait until Saturday night to find out whether he really is now a shadow of his former self, or whether his recent loss to ‘The Diamond’ has re-lit that fire and lazer-focus required to be the best of the best.