Conor McGregor can be 'one of the greatest of all time' if he beats Dustin Poirier and regains UFC belt, says Dana White

CONOR MCGREGOR would go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time if he managed to reclaim the UFC lightweight title.

That's the view of UFC boss Dana White.

The Irishman will bid to earn a third crack at the 155lb throne this weekend in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas, where he'll have a trilogy fight with fellow fan favourite Dustin Poirier.

The victor of this weekend's eagerly-anticipated Sin City series decider will be next in line for newly-crowned 155lb champion Charles Oliveira.

And UFC chief White reckons a second reign as lightweight king would further add to McGregor's already rock-solid legacy.

He told ESPN: "To have lost the belt and gone through the things that happened to him personally, professionally — to come back and beat the No. 1 contender, who just beat him, and then fight for the title and win?

"Financially, it's off the charts. Professionally, it's off the charts.

"There's so much at stake in this fight, and I love that.

"Because the big question about Conor right now is the guy has so much money, Is he the same Conor? Is he focused?


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"We know this kid loves to fight. He doesn't need to fight right now. He's fighting because he loves it and has an opportunity.

"If he can beat Dustin Poirier, the No. 1 guy in the world, he can get a title shot."

McGregor, 32, has left no stone unturned ahead of his make-or-break return to Las Vegas, training up to three times a day.

During a recent Instagram Live, he said: “I’ve been doing single sessions the last week or so. We’ve halved the work the last week or so.

“So the body is getting ready now. I still sparred, I still grappled heavy, still done tough training.

“And I suppose the cycling is like a second session as well, so…. I’ve been almost getting three sessions a day.

“I’ve been cycling to the gym, getting my training in, and then going home and then going back to the gym again. So that’s essentially three sessions a day I’ve been doing.”

McGregor is champing at the bit to exact revenge on Poirier and plans to get back into the win column in spectacular fashion.

He said: "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."

But Poirier, also 32, is planning to turn in a repeat performance, telling ESPN: "I'm gonna stop Conor again.

"July 10, I'm gonna get my hand raised and I'm gonna finish Conor McGregor again."

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